Annual campus blood drive kicks off homecoming activities

October 29, 2009

(October 10, 2009 - Little Rock, Arkansas) The kickoff event for this year’s University of Arkansas ( homecoming competition among student clubs, residence halls, and Greeks is an annual humanitarian event to collect blood from campus donors. The students are hoping to collect 1,909 pints of blood. This unique goal is based on the 100 year anniversary of the University adoption of the Razorback as the schools mascot. Their first game was played in 1894 and in 1909 Arkansas team went undefeated (7-0-0). Coach Hugo Bezdek observed that they "played like a band of wild Razorbacks." The name stuck and the Cardinals officially became the Razorbacks.


The Homecoming drive is a two-day event for students and staff. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22. Those presenting to donate blood will receive a “100 Years of Bleeding Razorback Red” t-shirt. The 2009 homecoming football game pits the Arkansas Razorbacks against the Eastern Michigan Eagles. The Blood Drive shirts are always popular game-day attire.
The Red Cross supplies blood to UA system affiliated hospitals including University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. These hospitals are utilized by patients from across the region and are among the key facilities in the newly launched Arkansas trauma system. “Every two seconds, someone in America needs blood,” said Walt Coleman, UA alumnus and Board Chairman of the American Red Cross Greater Ozarks – Arkansas region. “It is so important to understand that their single donation can help save the lives of three people. I cannot thank the students, staff and supporters of the U of A enough for their support.
“Approximately 100 Red Cross staff members and a small army of volunteers will be working to insure a safe and efficient operation,” said Sandy Goodwin, Red Cross Donor Recruitment Manager.  Planning and coordinating the drive with the UA Student Alumni Board has taken months of hard work, she added, complimenting the student organization for its dedication to the annual homecoming event.   Donors wishing to schedule an appointment may visit www.GiveLife.Org and enter sponsor code UAFAY. Appointments are a great benefit in moving quickly through the donation process.
University alumni and area residents wishing to support the homecoming drive may also donate and are asked to turn out in support of this special student led activity.
The American Red Cross also collects blood in northwest Arkansas at mobile drives, and every Wednesday in Tontitown from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the American Red Cross Donor Center at 250 Industrial Circle East. To locate a blood drive near you or for additional information call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (800-448-3543), or www.BloodisNeeded.Org .