OU Athletic Department and Red Cross Schedule Blood Drive

April 14, 2011

Marks the eighth year for the partnership 


As they have for the previous eight years, the OU Athletics Department and the American Red Cross will be partnering to save lives through blood donation. The 2011 version of the drive is scheduled for Tuesday, April 19 and Wednesday, April 20 from 9:30 am – 2:30 pm on the 2nd Floor Lobby of the Athletic Department, located in the north end of the stadium.

“We’re happy to be working with the Red Cross again as we have in years past,” said Dr. Carmen Tebbe, Associate Director of Student Life and Academics and blood drive coordinator. “Our student athletes and our student body come from around the country. You never know when a family member, friend or neighbor might need the ‘gift of life’ and the Red Cross is there to help. This drive is also a chance for OU students and faculty to give back and make a difference.”

All those coming to donate will be automatically entered to win one of two OU Heisman autographed footballs and other athletic department paraphernalia. 

Since the drive began, more than 850 generous donations have been made.  That translates to up 2,550 lives impacted by the blood donated at the OU Athletic Department drive.

“We are so grateful to the OU Athletic Department, its student athletes, faculty and staff for their consistent support these past eight years. Each year they work very hard to make this a successful blood drive,” said Stephen Nagle, CEO, Southwest Region. “If the patients who receive the blood donated during this drive could, I know they would say thank you! We invite those in the Norman community to come be a part of this great blood drive.”

Appointments to donate at the OU Athletic Department drive can be made by contacting Shannon Pease at 405-325-8535 or emailing at spease@ou.edu


How to Donate Blood:

 All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old. New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. Visit redcrossblood.org to learn more.


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.