Big Blue Crush celebrates 30th anniversary of Kentucky vs. Tennessee blood drive Nov. 13-17

This year marks the 30th time that Kentucky and Tennessee fans have competed to see who can donate the most blood for the holidays. The annual Big Blue Crush is Nov. 13-17. “Big Blue Crush is a fun week for donors and our staff, but it’s mostly about Kentucky patients. It’s our biggest blood donation week of the year and supports the healthcare of Kentucky during the holidays, a time when blood...

EKU to mark 15th anniversary of 9/11 with stair climb, ceremonies, blood drive

Eastern Kentucky University will mark the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy with its annual stair climb and memorial ceremonies, as well as a blood drive. On Sunday, Sept. 11, EKU students, faculty, staff and community members, many cloaked in full fire department or military attire, will be joined by first responders from surrounding counties at the climb, which will begin at 8:15 p.m. in Keene...

Big Blue Slam blood battle against Florida begins Monday, Rupp Arena drive Wednesday

  Big Blue Slam, the annual Cats versus Gators blood battle, is Jan. 26-30. Donors can prove they bleed blue at any Kentucky Blood Center location or blood drive, or they can have a little extra fun from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Rupp Arena Blood Drive where they’ll be able to take a shot on the same court the Wildcats win on.   In addition to saving a Kentucky patient’s life,...

Kentucky still trails Florida with one day
left in annual Big Blue Slam blood drive

With one day to go in Big Blue Slam, Kentucky still trails Florida, 1561 to 1335.   “Today was our biggest day yet this week,” said Martha Osborne, Kentucky Blood Center’s executive director of marketing and recruitment. “With this momentum and enthusiasm from the Big Blue Nation of Lifesavers, we know we can finish Big Blue Slam strong.”   “With more winter weather predicted...

Ky. Blood Center officials urge UK fans to finish strong as Gators lead blood drive

After grabbing the lead on Monday, the Gators didn’t let go on Tuesday, outscoring Kentucky blood donors 819 to 654 in the fifth annual Big Blue Slam.   Kentucky Blood Center officials are urging Big Blue fans to come out and finish the week strong, not only to help defeat Florida but to also boost the community blood supply.   “Recent winter weather and the flu season have taken a...

UK trails Florida in Big Blue Slam, but first day of Rupp Arena blood drive was ‘historic’

After the first day of Big Blue Slam, the Florida Gators have taken the lead, 431-310.   Although Kentucky trails, Monday was an historic day for Kentucky Blood Center donors, KBC officials report. Nearly 150 people showed up at Rupp Arena on a rainy Monday for the first-ever blood drive in the home of the Wildcats. Donors, who were given the opportunity to take a shot on the court, gave blood...

First-ever Rupp Arena blood drive kicks off Big Blue Slam; donors can shoot from floor

For the first time ever, blood donors can prove they bleed blue in Rupp Arena, home of the Wildcats.   Kentucky fans are invited to roll up their sleeves, donate blood and attempt a shot in Rupp Arena from noon to 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28. The Rupp Arena blood drive will kick off the 5th annual Big Blue Slam – Cats versus the Gators blood battle – which runs Jan. 28-Feb. 1.   Along...