Drexel University Hosts American Red Cross Blood Drive in Search of 4th Straight Win

November 12, 2009

Philadelphia, Pa.—Drexel University kicked off the Colonial Athletic Association Blood Challenge Thursday, October 29, 2009 by hosting a campus wide American Red Cross Blood Drive.

The Students from Drexel University have turned out in numbers to support the CAA Challenge, collecting approximately 7,000 units of blood during the previous seven years in partnership with the American Red Cross.

“Drexel Athletics considers the CAA Blood Challenge to be an important priority for several reasons; it gives our student-athletes an opportunity to lead and serve their campus and community, for Drexel faculty, staff, administration and students to collectively generate institutional pride, and for us to partner with the American Red Cross, one of the most important charitable organizations in this country, said Dr. Eric Zillmer, Drexel’s Director of Athletics.

“We want to thank Drexel University and their students for helping to save lives in the community,” said Brigid O'Neill-LaGier, Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region. “The Campus wide blood drive on October 29th will help the Penn-Jersey Region safeguard against any kind of seasonal blood shortage.”

“I am proud of the Drexel community for its support of this great humanitarian effort that has become an annual tradition at Drexel, said James Tucker, Senior Vice President for Student Life and Administrative Services at Drexel University. “We appreciate the opportunity to partner with the American Red Cross Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region here in Philadelphia and the CAA on this important initiative.”

Drexel has been the winner of the CAA Blood Challenge for the past three years.

The CAA Blood Challenge was developed in 2002 by the league presidents as a fun way to emphasize the critical importance of donating blood. Each institution promotes the event on campus and encourages student groups, faculty, staff and alumni to participate and support their school.

Blood drives are held seven days a week in communities across the region. To make an immediate appointment for an American Red Cross blood drive this week, please call 1-800-GIVE LIFE (1-800-448-3543), or click here to find a listing of community blood drives.

Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in New Jersey and Pennsylvania), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.  Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.

CLICK HERE to view additional photos from this blood drive.