ODU Hosts 11th Annual CAA Blood Challenge Thursday

November 07, 2012
By ODU Athletics

Nov. 7, 2012

RICHMOND, Va. - Old Dominion University will be hosting the CAA Blood Challenge Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Hampton/Newport News Room of Webb Student Center at ODU and the Virginia Beach Donor Center at 4554 Virginia Beach Boulevard from 2-7 p.m.

The Colonial Athletic Association Blood Challenge enters its 11th year in 2012, having developed into one of the conference's most important public service projects. The CAA Blood Challenge has raised 32,106 units of blood over the past decade, which has helped to save 96,318 lives.

"The CAA Blood Challenge is a great source of pride for the conference and its member institutions," CAA Commissioner Tom Yeager said. "The event has grown each year and we have been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and participation on each of our campuses. We look forward to continued success with this very important life-saving project."

Each CAA institution designates one day during the fall term to conduct a campus-wide blood drive. With the assistance of local blood service centers, a count is kept of all people who donate blood on that day. Based on those numbers, the CAA determines a winner and presents a trophy to that institution. The 2011 event resulted in 5,232 actual donors and 5,287 productive units of blood from the 12 CAA campuses, which represented a 12 percent increase over the 2010 totals and nearly five times the amount collected during the inaugural blood challenge in 2002.

The University of Delaware won the CAA Blood Challenge for the fifth time in 2011 with 1,086 actual donors, which resulted in 1,083 productive units of blood collected. Each CAA institution had at least 115 donors participate in the program and seven collected more than 240 units of blood. George Mason University finished second with 1,004 donors, marking the first time two institutions had more than 1,000 donors. Finishing third was five-time champion Drexel University with 909 donors.

The CAA Blood Challenge was developed by the conference presidents as a fun way to emphasize the critical importance of donating blood. Each institution promotes the event on campus and encourages student groups, faculty, staff and alumni to participate and support their school.

We are holding drives at the following locations:

ODU - Hampton/Newport News Room
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Virginia Beach Donor Center 4554 Virginia Beach Boulevard 2:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.

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