GSU and UGA Face-off in Blood Drive Challenge

September 10, 2012

Georgia State University and the University of Georgia are facing off to see which school can recruit the most blood donors.  Students, staff, alumni and fans are asked to roll up a sleeve to help patients in need and show their support for GSU or UGA.

The University of Georgia will hold a blood drive on Wednesday, September 19 in Memorial Hall from 11 am to 5 pm. 

“Just like in football, competition makes everyone better and the competition with Georgia State will make for better results in this very important effort,” said University of Georgia football coach Mark Richt. 

Georgia State University will hold its blood drive on Tuesday, September 25 from 8 am to 6 pm at the Sports Arena and 11 am to 4 pm at the University Commons.

“Donating blood is a crucial to saving lives. I’ve done it many times, and I encourage everyone who can to get involved,” said Georgia State University football coach Bill Curry.  “We want to show our Georgia State spirit and really support the Red Cross in this very worthy cause.”

Approximately 1,200 blood donations are needed daily in the Southern Blood Services Region to maintain an adequate supply for more than 120 local hospitals.  Blood can be safely donated every 56 days.  Most healthy people age 17 and older, or 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood and platelets.  Donors age 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.

To make an appointment for either blood drive, call 1-800-RED CROSS or click here for UGA's drive or click here for GSU's drive.