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Kentucky Falls Behind to Florida in Big Blue Slam Blood Drive; Blood Drives Continue on UK Campus

photo of Big Blue Slam T-shirt that says In This House, We Bleed Blue. Big Blue Slam Blood Drive.
Blood donors will receive a free Big Blue Slam T-shirt.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 27, 2021) — Florida had a strong day Tuesday and took the lead after the second day of this year’s Big Blue Slam. Kentucky totaled 227 donors, but Florida’s 268 donors gave them an overall lead of 511-470 in the 13th annual blood drive competition.

Big Blue Slam is the annual blood battle between the Cats and the Gators to see which fans can donate the most blood. The annual competition week goes through Friday, Jan. 29, and is at all Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) donor centers and at University of Kentucky campus blood drives.

The series is tied at six wins apiece in this annual challenge between KBC and LifeSouth Community Blood Centers in Gainesville. Big Blue Slam helps to encourage blood donors when winter weather and flu season can hamper donations.

“We had a strong day Tuesday, but Florida fans showed they are motivated to win this battle,” said Mandy Brajuha, vice president of external relations. “We would love to see more donors turn out as we reach the midpoint of the week — especially at our UK campus drives.”

As a thank you for saving a life, Kentucky donors will receive a long-sleeved Big Blue Slam T-shirt.

Donors may give at any KBC mobile blood drive or donor center. 

Appointments are preferred to ensure social distancing. Walk-ins are accepted as space allows. A face covering is required to donate. The UK campus blood drive times and locations are listed below and appointments can be made at the links:

Wednesday, Jan. 27

UK Lewis Honors College – 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

UK Patterson Hall – 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 28

UK Lewis Honors College – 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

UK Patterson Hall – 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 29

UK Lewis Honors College – 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

UK Buell Armory (College of Arts & Sciences) – 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

KBC donor centers, which are open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, are listed below:

Andover Donor Center

3130 Maple Leaf Drive, Lexington

Beaumont Donor Center

3121 Beaumont Centre Circle, Lexington

Hillview Donor Center

5406 Antle Drive, Louisville

Middletown Donor Center

12905 Shelbyville Road, Louisville

Pikeville Donor Center

472 S. Mayo Trail, Pikeville

Somerset Donor Center

10 Stonegate Centre (Stoplight 16A), Somerset

Blood donors must be at least 17 years old (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health, show a photo I.D. and meet additional requirements. If you are awaiting COVID-19 results due to symptoms, please do not attempt to donate. Sixteen-year-old donors must have a signed parental permission slip, found at

Appointments at the centers are preferred to ensure social distancing. Walk-ins are accepted as space allows. A face covering is required to donate. To schedule a donation, visit or call 800-775-2522.

About Kentucky Blood Center

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.

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