Big Blue Slam 2018 Jan. 18, 2018

Kentucky Fans Asked to Help Rebuild Blood Supply, Beat Florida

Big Blue Slam 2018 is Jan. 22-26 at all Kentucky Blood Center locations.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The community blood supply is currently low, but Kentucky Blood Center is giving donors a chance to help rebuild that supply while also proving they bleed blue during the 10th annual Big Blue Slam next week.

Big Blue Slam, which is Jan. 22-26, pits Kentucky fans against Florida fans to see who can donate the most blood. Donors during Slam will receive a special long-sleeve T-shirt.

“Big Blue Slam is always the last of January when the blood supply often needs a boost, and this year that is so true. Wintry weather has caused numerous blood drive cancellations and donor center closings while the flu has kept many regulars from donating,” said Martha Osborne, Vice President of Marketing for the blood center. “Recently, transfusions have been outpacing donations, and that’s serious,” she added.

KBC and LifeSouth Community Blood Centers in Florida enjoy this friendly competition every January to see whose donors can give the most blood. Big Blue Slam is a fun way to prove who has the most generous fans while also helping to pump up the community blood supply at a time when colds, flu and winter weather has negatively affected it. Kentucky leads the Gators in this competition, 5 to 4.

KBC donor centers, listed below are open special hours during Big Blue Slam week, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Big Blue Slam 2018 shirt.

In addition, the annual Rupp Arena Blood Drive will be Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Donors will save a life in the arena and take a shot or two on the court. Texas Roadhouse will provide refreshments, and Matt Jones will do his KSR show live at Rupp 10 a.m. to noon. Rupp drive donors will also be automatically entered to win a UK locker room tour, which will be scheduled after Big Blue Slam week.

To make an appointment or to find other donation locations, visit or call 800.775-2522, ext. 3758. Walk-ins are also welcome at all locations.

Blood donors must be at least 17 years old (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health. Donors must also show a photo I.D. with first and last name, like a state-issued driver’s license. Sixteen-year-old donors must have a signed parental permission slip, which can be found at

About Kentucky Blood Center

Celebrating 50 years of saving lives in Kentucky, KBC is the largest independent, full-service, non-profit blood center in Kentucky. Licensed by the FDA, KBC’s sole purpose is to collect, process and distribute blood for patients in Kentucky. KBC provides services in 90 Kentucky counties and has donor centers in Lexington, Louisville, Pikeville and Somerset.