Fans invited to bleed garnet or orange for their favorite team
COLUMBIA, S.C. (Nov. 7, 2016) — Fans of the Carolina Gamecocks and the Clemson Tigers are invited to show their school spirit and help save lives at the 32nd annual Carolina-Clemson Blood Drive with the American Red Cross.
Blood donors can give a pint to support their school before the rival teams face off on the field. The blood drive will be held Monday, Nov. 14 through Friday, Nov. 18 at various University of South Carolina campus locations. All USC and Clemson University students, faculty, staff, alumni, and fans are encouraged to participate.
The Carolina-Clemson Blood Drive is held annually the week before the Carolina-Clemson football game. The drive comes at the start of the holiday season when blood donations typically decrease. Over the past three decades of competition, the universities have collected over 100,000 pints of blood. Because each pint of blood can help save up to three lives, the impact of those donations is far greater.
In 2015, USC won the drive for the eighth consecutive year. Last year’s event resulted in 6,217 donors presenting to give blood. USC supporters totaled 3,554, while Clemson supporters totaled 2,663. With the win, USC secured a 17-14 lead overall in the annual competition.
All presenting blood donors at USC will receive a commemorative blood drive T-shirt, while supplies last, and the chance to enter to win giveaways from local businesses. Refreshments will be available.
The coveted blood drive trophy will be awarded to the winning team at the game on Nov. 26 at Memorial Stadium.
Appointments are not necessary; simply stop by and donate at one of the following locations:
Campus Blood Drives:
November 14-18, 2016
Russell House: Monday—Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Green Street: Monday—Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Greek Village: Monday—Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday, Tuesday and Friday
from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Darla Moore Business School Sonoco Room:
Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Gameday Store at USC Stadium:
Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Blatt PE Center:
Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Koger Center for the Arts:
Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. Trauma patients, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all need blood. The Red Cross encourages people who are in good health to donate so that hospital patients have the blood and platelets they need to make a full recovery. Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets just five days, so they must be replenished constantly – there is no substitute.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.