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Kentucky prevails in annual Big Blue Crush blood donation competition with with Tennessee

Tennessee fans made up ground with 489 donations on the final day of the competition, but Kentucky closed out the annual Big Blue Crush battle with 432 donations and the big win. That brings the final score to 2,174 for the Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) and 2,060 for Medic Regional Blood Center in Knoxville. “Despite all of the challenges we’ve faced this year, the Big Blue Nation of blood...

Kentucky fans can bleed blue to save lives, beat Tennessee and relieve blood shortage

The Cats beat the Vols on the field this season; now it’s time for UK fans to roll up their sleeves and use their lifesaving powers to help Kentucky beat Tennessee in the 33rd annual Big Blue Crush blood drive event. Crush 2020 Shirt Last year, Kentucky Blood Center and Kentucky fans claimed victory over Tennessee fans and Medic Regional Blood Center after a disappointing 2018 loss. During a year...

University of Kentucky wins Big Blue Crush blood-donor battle with University of Tennessee

University of Kentucky fans can claim a life-saving victory, having prevailed in the 32nd annual Big Blue Crush blood-donor battle with an impressive 651 donations to the University of Tennessee’s 416. Kentucky supporters’ final score of 2,894 donations for the Kentucky Blood Center outpaced Tennessee’s 1,999 for Medic Regional Blood Center in Knoxville. The winning total for Kentucky was the...

Big Blue Crush update: Kentucky still trails Tennessee by 296 — with just two days to go

At the midway point of the 31st annual Big Blue Crush, Kentucky still trails Tennessee, 1,820 to 1,551, but there are still two days left for the Big Blue Nation to roll up its sleeves. “Even though the Vols are leading, we know this competition isn’t over with yet,” said Martha Osborne, Vice President of Marketing for Kentucky Blood Center (KBC). “A good response tomorrow and Friday could...

31st Annual Big Blue Crush: Tennessee leads after two days of the blood drive battle

More than 500 Kentucky donors rolled up their sleeves to bleed blue Tuesday, but it was no match for the 600-plus Volunteer blood donors who gave in the Knoxville area on the second day of the 31st annual Big Blue Crush. Tennessee now leads the competition 1,168 to 1,043. “Tennessee is definitely keeping up the pressure. We’re depending on the Big Blue Nation to step up and show up to save lives...

It’s time for 31st annual Big Blue Crush blood drive, a battle between the ‘Cats and the Tennessee Vols

Who has the best fans – Kentucky or Tennessee? It’s time to find out in the 31st annual Big Blue Crush, the yearly blood battle between the Cats and the Vols which is next week, Nov. 12-16. To assure a sufficient blood supply for the holidays, Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) and Medic Regional Blood Center in Knoxville have had an ongoing friendly competition to see whose donors can give the most...

Kentucky Blood Center wins 30th-annual Big Blue Crush with largest victory in competition’s history

Kentucky has won the 30th annual Big Blue Crush, 2,540 to 1,787, which is the largest margin of victory in the history of the competition. “Thank you, Big Blue Nation,” said Martha Osborne, Vice President of Marketing for Kentucky Blood Center (KBC). “Because of your generosity, we have once again beat Tennessee, but, more importantly, we have a strong blood supply heading into the holidays....

Kentucky maintains lead over Tennessee as 30th annual Big Blue Crush approached halfway point

Kentucky donors retained their lead after the second day of the 30th annual Big Blue Crush, with the Cats leading the competition, 1,091 to 704. “We had another strong day, thanks to the generosity of hundreds of blood donors who visited our donor centers and blood drives. We have three more important days to go, though, and hope to see people bleeding blue all week,” said Martha Osborne, Vice...

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...

Bleed Blue: Big Blue Crush Blood Drive pits UK, Volunteer fans in annual competition

Campus blood donors can bleed blue during the annual Big Blue Crush Blood Drive, Nov. 14-18, to help bring victory to the Bluegrass. Big Blue Crush, a yearly blood battle between University of Kentucky and University of Tennessee fans, sponsored by the Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) in partnership with DanceBlue and the UK Center for Community Outreach, provides UK fans an opportunity to defeat Tennessee...

Kentucky fans crush Tennessee fans in Big Blue Crush, helping ensure enough blood for holidays

Kentucky fans crushed the Tennessee Vols 2,604 to 1,988 in the 28th annual Big Blue Crush. But the real winners are Kentucky patients who depend on blood transfusions. “Thanks to everyone who took the time to bleed blue this week,” said Martha Osborne, executive director of marketing and recruitment for Kentucky Blood Center. “We do this competition every year to assure we have enough blood for...

It’s Kentucky fans vs. Tennessee fans in annual battle to see who can donate the most blood

Get ready to bleed blue, Kentucky fans. The 28th annual Big Blue Crush is Nov. 16-20. This yearly blood battle between Kentucky Blood Center and Medic Regional Blood Center in Knoxville pits fans of the Cats and the Tennessee Volunteers to see who can donate the most blood the week before Thanksgiving. The real winners, however, are the Kentucky and Tennessee patients who require blood transfusions...

Tennessee out donated Kentucky again, but the Big Blue still has slim lead in blood battle

Tennessee out donated Kentucky again Thursday and now trails by only nine in the 26th annual Big Blue Crush. Kentucky leads 2,732 to 2,723.   “Tennessee had their biggest day today, and we know the Big Blue Nation doesn’t want to lose to the Vols. Kentucky donors need to bring it on Friday in order to win this thing,” said Martha Osborne, Executive Director of Marketing and Recruitment for...

Tennessee donors gave more Wednesday,
but Kentucky still leads annual blood drive

More Tennessee donors gave blood on Wednesday, but Kentucky is still ahead 2,079 to 2,007 in the annual Big Blue Crush.   Big Blue Crush continues through Friday, and donors will receive a long-sleeve T-shirt and a coupon for a McDonald’s McCafe’ beverage. Donor center donors will also receive a movie pass to an area cinema.   Big Blue Crush helps ensure a sufficient blood supply for...

Kentucky still has slim lead over Tennessee
in Big Blue Crush; blood drive ends Saturday

After the first two days, Kentucky leads Tennessee by a slim margin, 1,419 to 1,332 in the 26th annual Big Blue Crush.   The Crush continues through Friday, and donors will receive a long-sleeve Big Blue Crush T-shirt and a coupon for a McDonald’s McCafe’ beverage.   Big Blue Crush helps ensure a sufficient blood supply for Kentucky patients during the Thanksgiving holiday and into December....

One donor makes the difference as Kentucky leads Tennessee on first day of Big Blue Crush

The first day of the 26th annual Big Blue Crush between Kentucky and Tennessee fans started off strong for both the Blue and the Orange with Kentucky leading by one, 696 to 695.   Donors this week will receive a long-sleeve Big Blue Crush T-shirt and a coupon for a McDonald’s McCafe’ beverage. Monday and Tuesday donors will also be eligible to win a pair of tickets to the Kentucky – Tennessee...

It’s Big Blue Crush time! Annual Kentucky vs. Tennessee blood donation battle Nov. 18-22

It’s time again for Cat fans to show they bleed blue during the 26th annual Big Blue Crush blood drive competition between Kentucky and Tennessee fans. The annual Kentucky vs. Tennessee blood battle is Nov. 18-22.   Blood donors will receive a long-sleeve Big Blue Crush T-shirt and a coupon for a McDonald’s McCafe’ beverage. Monday and Tuesday donors will also be eligible to win two tickets...