needle last week, collecting record amounts of blood and pummeling the University
of Kentucky in the 11th annual BlueOrange Blood Drive battle against UK.
In the Medic-sponsored annual blood-collecting competition against Kentucky,
UT students and other Vols supporters drew a record total of 3,121 pints.
Kentucky collected 2,704 pints.
The Tennessee victory marks only the fourth in the BlueOrange Blood Drive's
"I think people were enthusiastic maybe more so this year because
we emphasized the fact that we'd only won three times in the 10-year history.
The fact that we have a successful football team really helped a lot, too,"
said Jeannine McKamey, director of public relations for Medic.
Tennessee lost last year's BlueOrange by a mere nine pints. This year,
McKamey said, UT more than made up for its previous losses. Friday was the
biggest collection day for UT, as 723 pints were tallied as the largest
single-day donation Medic has ever experienced.
"What we took in was the most that's ever been donated," McKamey
said, suggesting that the newly-designed free T-shirt given to donors may
have had something to do with the record collections.
"But I'd like to think the principal reason is that people are finally
realizing how important it is to give blood," she said.
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