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UK Falls Short in Big Blue Slam Blood Donation Competition

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 28, 2020)  The University of Kentucky had its best day of the week last Friday in this year’s Big Blue Slam, but it wasn’t enough to beat the University of Florida in the blood donation competition.

UK came up eight donors short, losing the 12th annual Big Blue Slam to Florida, 1,237 to 1,229 donors. Kentucky Blood Center saw 331 donors roll up their sleeves for the event’s final day, while 246 Gator fans donated for Lifesouth Community Blood Center Friday.

Big Blue Slam is the annual blood battle between the Cats and the Gators to see which fans can donate the most blood. With its victory, Florida has tied the series at six wins for each blood center. Big Blue Slam helps to encourage blood donors when winter weather and flu season can hamper donations.

“Big Blue fans really came out strong on Friday,” Martha Osborne, vice president of marketing for the Kentucky Blood Center, said. “We came up short in this competition, but the real victory comes in the lives that will be saved by the blood collected this week. Thanks to everyone who came out this week to boost the blood supply for our communities.”

Celebrating more than 50 years of saving lives in Kentucky, KBC is the largest independent, full-service, nonprofit blood center in Kentucky. Licensed by the FDA, KBC’s sole purpose is to collect, process and distribute blood for patients in Kentucky. KBC provides services in 90 Kentucky counties and has donor centers in Lexington, Louisville, Pikeville and Somerset.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.