Big Blue Slam 2010 Feb. 25, 2010

UK vs. Florida Out for Blood!

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentuckians are being asked to prove they Believe in Blue by donating blood during the second annual Big Blue Slam, March 1-5.

Big Blue Slam is a blood battle between basketball fans of the University of Kentucky and the University of Florida, as well as a friendly rivalry between LifeSouth Community Blood Center of Gainesville and Kentucky Blood Center.

Big Blue Slam donors will help strengthen the blood supply prior to spring break season, when blood collections typically slow down due to school closings and vacations.

To ensure an adequate blood supply, Kentucky Blood Center is hoping to welcome 2,300 donors who want to bleed blue during Big Blue Slam.

All donors will receive a Big Blue Slam T-shirt, and everyone who registers to give blood will be automatically entered into a daily prize drawing for a Fan Fun Basket, as well as the trip for two to the NCAA Final Four.

In addition to its four donor centers located in Lexington, Somerset and Pikeville, Kentucky Blood Center will host more than 35 blood drives during Big Blue Slam. To make an appointment to donate blood or find the closest blood drive to you, logon to or call 800.775.2522.

Donors must be a minimum of 16 years old (with parental permission), weigh 110 pounds and be in general good health.

About Kentucky Blood Center

The Kentucky Blood Center, serving more than half of Kentucky, is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring a safe, adequate blood supply for patients at nearly 70 Kentucky hospitals and clinics. KBC relies on volunteers to collect 400 pints of blood per day to meet area patients’ needs. Over the last year KBC distributed nearly 130,000 blood and blood products.