If you’re a diehard Vol fan, here’s a chance to prove your blood runs orange.
Just roll up your sleeve this week for the Medic Regional Blood Center’s 26th annual Battle of the Orange and Blue blood drive.
The five-day drive pits University of Tennessee football fans against University of Kentucky fans to see who can deliver the most blood donations. The drive starts today and runs through Friday.
Kentucky fans have bled the most for the past two years in a row. So far, the drive’s record over the years stands at 12 wins for Kentucky, 12 wins for Tennessee and a single tie.
The drive began in 1987 as a way to spike blood drives for Medic and for the Kentucky Blood Center during the traditional holiday slump. Blood donations tend to fall off at that time of year, even as the need for blood transfusions increases, officials said.
“It’s a fun way to play off the football rivalry and get the community involved,” Medic spokeswoman Christi Fightmaster said.
Donation locations will be set up on the UT campus Tuesday from noon-8 p.m. in the lobby of South Carrick Hall, on Thursday from noon-8 p.m. in the lobby of Hess Hall and all week from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. in rooms 223-225 of the Carolyn P. Brown University Center.
Donations may also be made at Medic’s two donor centers at 1601 Ailor Ave. and at 11000 Kingston Pike in Farragut.
Donors will receive a free game day T-shirt, a coupon for a small Frosty’s from Wendy’s and a coupon for a free small one-topping pizza from Papa John’s.
Donors at the Medic centers on Ailor Avenue and Kingston Pike will also receive a free Regal Cinemas movie pass with no expiration date.