American Red Cross teams up with University of NC at Wilmington to host blood drive Tuesday, Sept. 30

September 23, 2014

Community can help the Seahawks soar to victory in 2014 CAA Blood Challenge

WILMINGTON, N.C. (Sept. 23, 2014) — The University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) is hoping to soar to a victory in this year’s Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Blood Challenge by collecting 250 pints on Tuesday, Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The CAA Blood Challenge was developed by the conference presidents as a fun way to emphasize the critical importance of donating blood. In its 13th year, the challenge pits CAA universities and college members in a blood drive battle with the school collecting the most donations being crowned the winner.

“We look forward to the CAA Blood Challenge every year,” said Sharon Pitt, CEO for the Carolinas Blood Services Region. “Campus blood drives are a significant contributor to our Red Cross donations so challenges like this are a win-win for all involved. We are always truly appreciative to the UNCW students, faculty and community for coming out, showing their support and being a part of this challenge.”

By sponsoring a blood drive, UNCW is helping to save and improve the lives of individuals in need of blood. In addition, their sponsorship ensures the safest blood supply is available at all times for all members of the community.

 “We are committed to being excellent community partners and I can’t think of a better way than assisting the American Red Cross and the CAA with the CAA Blood Drive,” said Jimmy Bass, director of athletics for UNCW. “It has been an honor and privilege for UNCW Athletics to be involved with this initiative since its inception in 2002. By giving the gift of life to help someone in need, we are making a difference in improving the quality of life around us.”

Donate blood at the University of NC at Wilmington:

Trask Coliseum

Tuesday, Sept. 30

11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

601 S. College Road

Wilmington, NC 28403

All presenting blood donors receive a commemorative T-shirt, pizza and a coupon by email for a free haircut at Sport Clips.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit (use sponsor code CAA) 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.

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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.