LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Rain and cold didn’t keep Cat fans away today. Hundreds rolled up their sleeves to save a life to help Kentucky stay on top of Florida, 1,247 to 1,162, in the 11th annual Big Blue Slam.
Big Blue Slam is the 11th annual blood battle between the Cats and the Gators and KBC and LifeSouth Community Blood Centers in Gainesville to see which fans can donate the most blood at a time when winter weather and flu season can hamper donations. The competition goes through tomorrow at all KBC donor centers and blood drives. Kentucky and Florida are tied in the series, 5 to 5.
As a thank you for saving a life, Kentucky donors will receive a long-sleeve Big Blue Slam T-shirt.
Donors may give at any KBC mobile blood drive or donor center. KBC donor centers, which are open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. this week, are listed below:
Andover Donor Center
3130 Maple Leaf Drive, Lexington
Beaumont Donor Center
3121 Beaumont Centre Circle, Lexington
Hillview Donor Center
5406 Antle Drive, Louisville
Middletown Donor Center
12905 Shelbyville Road, Louisville
Pikeville Donor Center
472 S. Mayo Trail, Pikeville
Somerset Donor Center
10 Stonegate Centre (Stoplight 16A), Somerset
Blood donors must be at least 17-years-old (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health, show a photo I.D. and meet additional requirements. Sixteen-year-old donors must have a signed parental permission slip, which can be found at kybloodcenter.org.
Walk-ins are welcome. To schedule a donation or find other donation locations, visit kybloodcenter.org or call 800.775.2522.