Big Blue Slam gives Solid Blue Fans a chance to save lives, beat Gators

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Source: Kentucky Blood Center
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) — In a season when nothing has been routine, Kentucky Blood Center is hoping University of Kentucky students, employees and fans will turn out in force for its annual friendly blood drive competition with LifeSouth Community Blood Center in Florida.
The 13th annual Big Blue Slam is Jan. 25-29 at all Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) donor centers and campus blood drives. Click here for scheduled blood drives and locations on UK’s campus and to make an appointment or see the list below. As a thank you for saving a life, Kentucky donors will receive a long-sleeved Big Blue Slam T-shirt.

Big Blue Slam comes at an important time as KBC continues to battle blood drive cancellations due to the pandemic and increased transfusions at the 70+ hospitals it serves.

“Of course, UK fans are frustrated with this atypical season, and donating blood for this competition is a great way to secure a win for Big Blue Nation and Kentucky patients,” said Mandy Brajuha, KBC vice president of external relations. “Any win against Florida feels so good and would be a great rebound after last year.”

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Kentucky fell behind early in 2020’s Big Blue Slam competition but made a huge comeback late in the week. However, KBC came up just 8 units short, allowing Florida to tie the series at six wins apiece. Big Blue Slam was created to encourage blood donation during the winter months, when weather and illness can hamper collections. The pandemic has continued to impact blood centers’ ability to collect blood, especially on mobile drives.

Donors may give at any KBC mobile blood drive or donor center.

Appointments are preferred to ensure social distancing. Walk-ins are accepted as space allows. A face covering is required to donate. The UK campus blood drive times and locations are listed below and appointments can be made at the links:

Monday, Jan. 25

UK Lewis Honors College – 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

UK Buell Armory (College of Arts & Sciences) – 6 a.m.-3 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 26

UK Lewis Honors College – 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

UK Patterson Hall – 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 27

UK Lewis Honors College – 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

UK Patterson Hall – 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 28

UK Lewis Honors College – 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

UK Patterson Hall – 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 29

UK Lewis Honors College – 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

UK Buell Armory (College of Arts & Sciences) – 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

KBC donor centers, which are open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 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. If you are awaiting COVID-19 results due to symptoms, please do not attempt to donate. Sixteen-year-old donors must have a signed parental permission slip, found at kybloodcenter.org.

Appointments at the centers are preferred to ensure social distancing. Walk-ins are accepted as space allows. A face covering is required to donate. To schedule a donation, visit kybloodcenter.org or call 800-775-2522.

ORIGINAL STORY JAN. 20, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky fans are asked to once again roll up their sleeves to help the Wildcats top the Gators in an annual blood drive competition while helping to save lives.

The 13th annual Big Blue Slam blood drive competition will run Monday, Jan. 22 through Friday, Jan. 29. The Kentucky Blood Center is calling on University of Kentucky fans to help the Wildcats pull ahead in the weeklong showdown against the Florida Gators.

Kentucky fell behind early in 2020’s Big Blue Slam competition, but made a huge comeback late in the week. However, KBC came up eight units short, allowing Florida to tie the series at six wins apiece.

According to KBC, the blood drive comes at an important time as the nonprofit continues to battle blood drive cancellations due to the pandemic and increased transfusions at the 70+ hospitals KBC serves.

“Of course, UK fans are frustrated with this atypical season, and donating blood for this competition is a great way to secure a win for Big Blue Nation and Kentucky patients,” said Mandy Brajuha, Vice President of External Relations. “Any win against Florida feels so good and would be a great rebound after last year.”

According to KBC, Big Blue Slam was created to encourage blood donation during the winter months, when weather and illness can hamper collections. The pandemic has continued to impact blood centers’ ability to collect blood, especially on mobile drives.

As a thank you for saving a life, Kentucky donors will receive a great long-sleeved 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 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 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. If you are awaiting COVID-19 results due to symptoms, please do not attempt to donate. Sixteen-year-old donors must have a signed parental permission slip, found at kybloodcenter.org.

Appointments are preferred to ensure social distancing. Walk-ins are accepted as space allows. A face covering is required to donate. To schedule a donation, click HERE or call 800-775-2522.

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