Florida takes slim lead over Kentucky in ‘Big Blue Slam’ blood drive

Blood Donation

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Florida battled back and took a slight lead after the second day of this year’s Big Blue Slam. Kentucky totaled 253 donors, but Florida’s 274 donors gave them an overall lead of 441-434 in the 12th annual blood drive competition.

Big Blue Slam is the annual blood battle between the Cats and the Gators to see which fans can donate the most blood. The annual competition week goes through Friday, and is at all Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) donor centers and blood drives.

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Kentucky has a 6-5 lead in this yearly challenge between KBC and LifeSouth Community Blood Centers in Gainesville. Big Blue Slam helps to encourage blood donors when winter weather and flu season can hamper donations.

“The competion couldn’t get much closer, which is all the more reason for Cat fans to come out and donate this week,” Martha Osborne, Vice President of Marketing said. “Every donation counts – for the competition, but more importantly, for the patients saved by the blood donated this week.”

As a thank you for saving a life, Kentucky donors will receive a throwback Big Blue Slam T-shirt (pictured).

Donors may give at any KBC mobile blood drive or donor center. KBC donor centers, which will be open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. for Slam 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.