Annual Tusculum/Carson-Newman Blood Drive Bowl set for week leading up to Oct. 18 homecoming game

Fans of the Tusculum Pioneers and Carson-Newman Eagles can support their team while aiding the East Tennessee Medic Regional Blood Center by participating in the 12th Annual Blood Drive Bowl in October.

The Blood Drive Bowl is part of the festivities leading up to the Saturday, Oct.18, homecoming game at Tusculum, where the two teams face-off on the field. Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m. Tusculum has been the top donor in seven of the previous 11 drives.

There will be several opportunities to donate blood.

On Tuesday, Oct. 14, Tusculum students, faculty, staff and fans may donate on the Knoxville campus from 2 – 6 p.m. Blood donations will also be taken at the following locations: Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the Tusculum College Greeneville campus from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Tusculum College Morristown site at 420 West Morris Blvd., from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Donors should bring a valid driver’s license or other official photo ID in order to give blood. Medical prescreening and a free cholesterol test (no fasting necessary) will be provided at the sites. One donation a year exempts donors and their IRS dependents from paying blood supplier processing fees at any U.S. hospital.

The winning school will be announced at halftime of the homecoming football game. Tusculum leads the Blood Drive Bowl series 7-3.  The Pioneers won the inaugural title in 2003, again in 2005, and five consecutive years (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012). Carson-Newman has captured bragging rights four times (2004, 2006, 2007, and 2013).

For more information, contact the MEDIC Regional Blood Center at (865) 524-3074 or at www.medicblood.org.

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