Fifth Annual Big Blue Slam Jan. 25, 2013

Kentucky Fans Take on the Gators Jan. 28–Feb. 1.

Big Blue Slam 2013 is Jan. 28 to Feb. 1.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The fifth annual Big Blue Slam, which pits Kentucky and Florida fans in a battle for blood, will be Jan. 28–Feb. 1.

Besides getting a good feeling knowing they are saving lives, donors will also receive a Big Blue Slam T-shirt and a chance to win an entertainment package, which includes a 60-inch Smart TV with Wi-Fi, 3D Blue-ray entertainment center and PlayStation 3.

“Big Blue Slam is fun for donors and a good way to kick off the New Year,” said Kentucky Blood Center President and CEO Bill Reed. “In the winter, snow or ice can cancel blood drives or create transportation problems for donors, and that can really impact the blood supply. Big Blue Slam can help offset those issues by having blood on the shelves when it’s needed this winter.”

Kentucky won last year and leads the rivalry 3 to 1. 

To find a blood drive or schedule a donation, visit or call 800.775.2522.

Blood donors must be 17 years old (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health and meet additional requirements. Sixteen-year-old donors must also have a signed parental permission slip, which can be found at All donors must present a photo ID.

About Kentucky Blood Center

KBC, the largest FDA regulated blood bank in Kentucky, is a nonprofit 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 donate 400 pints of blood per day to meet area patients’ needs. Over the last year KBC distributed nearly 130,000 blood components.