Big Blue Slam 2012 Jan. 20, 2012

Kentucky-Florida Blood Battle Begins Monday

Big Blue Slam 2012 T-shirt.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Wildcat fans who can’t wait until February to take on Florida will have a chance to beat the Gators off the court during the fourth annual Big Blue Slam, Jan. 23-27.

Next week, all blood donors will receive a Big Blue Slam T-shirt as well as a chance to win an entertainment package, consisting of a 50-inch 3-D Smart TV, Blu-Ray home theater system, X-Box 360 with Kinect and popcorn machine.

Big Blue Slam is a friendly blood collection competition between Kentucky and Florida fans and Kentucky Blood Center and LifeSouth Community Blood Center in Gainesville. The Wildcats take on Florida in Rupp, Tuesday, Feb. 7 and again in Gainesville on March 4.

The four KBC donor centers (Beaumont and Andover in Lexington and Somerset and Pikeville) will be open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. during Slam week. There will also be a number of blood drives throughout the area, including daily blood drives on the University of Kentucky campus.

Kentucky leads the rivalry 2-1. Big Blue Slam helps beef up the blood supply during the winter months, when blood donations can dip due to inclement wintry weather.

To find a donation location or to schedule an appointment, visit or call 800.775.2522.

About Kentucky Blood Center

Kentucky Blood Center, the largest FDA regulated blood bank in Kentucky, is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring a safe, adequate blood supply for patients at nearly 70 Kentucky hospitals and clinics in more than 60 counties. 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 components.