Clemson and USC Out For Blood


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CLEMSON -- While one contest between Clemson University and
the University of South Carolina will be decided on the
gridiron, another will be settled on gurneys. Since 1985,
the rivals have been out for blood, seeking to out-donate
the other in the Clemson-Carolina Blood Drive during the
week leading up to their football game (Nov. 18).


Clemson is coming off a string of two losses to Carolina in
the blood bowl. Overall, the Tigers have dominated with an
11-4 record.


"During last year's blood drive, Clemson was able to recruit
1,904 units of blood; that was a 500 unit increase from the
year before and a new record at Clemson, even though we
still lost the competition," said Sam Parsons, director of
the Clemson effort. "My goal this year has been to expand
the drive even more by using a third blood company and
putting a large emphasis on promotions to increase the
convenience for participants to donate and bring more
attention to the drive."


Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited
to participate in the blood drive Nov. 13-17 from 11 a.m. to
7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday. Donation locations will be the Hendrix Center
Ballroom, Palmetto Ballroom in Clemson's University Union
and bloodmobiles located at the Fernow Street Cafe and
Bowman Field near College Avenue. The sites will be staffed
by AnMed Regional Blood Center of Anderson, Blood Connection
in Greenville and the Spartanburg Blood Bank.


No matter which school donates the most blood, it's the sick
and injured who come out the winners. Over the course of the
15-year contest, the two schools have provided a total of
36,085 pints of blood to hospitals. That outpouring of
generosity has helped more more than 90,213 people,
according to blood-bank representatives.


"The Clemson-Carolina Blood Drive comes during a crucial
part of the year when there is little blood in reserve for
patients in need," said Parsons, a member of Alpha Phi
Omega, the national service fraternity organizing the
week-long event at Clemson. "In the rush of the holiday
season, people sometimes forget that they can give the gift
of life by donating blood."


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