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tailgateblooddrive v0.1Tennessee and Florida fans will have a chance to compete more than two and a half weeks before the two football teams face off in Neyland Stadium at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville on Saturday, October 4.

The ninth annual Tailgate Blood Drive, a competition between Tennessee and Florida fans, will take place September 15–19.

Medic Regional Blood Center is calling on all UT faculty, staff, and students, as well as the community, to donate blood to help Tennessee fans out-give Florida. Last year the Vols won the competition.

Students, faculty, staff, and fans who donate during the drive will receive a free T-shirt, a coupon for a free small cheese pizza from Snappy Tomato, a free Petro from Petro’s Chili and Chips, and a free Texas Roadhouse appetizer.

“We need 300 pints a day to keep up with the demand of local hospitals to provide blood products for patients,” said Felicia Rhodes, donor resource coordinator for Medic.

“We urge fans to come throughout the week, but we especially want to encourage people to stop by on Monday and Tuesday. Those are our two slowest days, so those days are great for donors to get in and out quickly,” she continued.

Donors can visit the following blood drive locations:

Monday, Sept. 15 – Friday, Sept. 19: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Carolyn P. Brown University Center, Rooms 223 and 224

Tuesday, September 16: Noon to 8:00 p.m., Hess Hall, inside lobby

Wednesday, September 17: Noon to 8 p.m., South Carrick Hall, inside lobby

Thursday, September 18: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Hollingsworth Auditorium, UT Institute of Agriculture

Daily score updates will be posted at the UC in front of Rocky Top Café.

A not-for-profit blood center, Medic was established in 1958. Medic is the only blood collector and supplier for twenty-one counties and twenty-seven area hospitals.

For more information about the Medic Regional Blood Center, visit the website.

C O N T A C T :

Katherine Saxon (865-974-8365,