May 26, 2011

Eastern Football to Participate in Campus Blood Drive

The Eastern Washington University football program has teamed up with the Inland Northwest Blood Center for its annual blood drive on the EWU campus. This year's blood drive will be held Tuesday, May 31 at the PUB Multi-Purpose Room from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Nearly 50 players from the 2010 NCAA Division I Football Championship team, as well as coaches and other members of the Eastern Washington campus community are expected to donate blood in this year's drive.

"This is a great event for us to give something back," said Eastern Washington offensive coordinator Aaron Best. "I am excited about our relationship with the INBC and look forward to this annual event to show our commitment to the community both on and off the field."

The drive on May 31 will run most of the day, but players will be there primarily from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.  - and will be dressed in uniform for a great photo op!

More than 20 percent of all donations made each year are by high school and college blood drives. In a recent blood drive put on by Eastern students, EWU ranked first in the nation for support of the 2011 National Cesar E. Chavez Blood Drive Challenge, which celebrates Chavez's legacy as an American civic leader by engaging students in health education, health professions and saving lives.

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood.  The Inland Northwest Blood Center has been the community blood center for more than 65 years.  Each day INBC needs an average of 200 donors to meet the needs of the 35 hospitals served in the Inland Northwest. To find out more about the Inland Northwest Blood Center visit www.inbcsaves.org.

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