The Battle of the Bluegrass, the annual blood drive that pits Kentucky Wildcat fans against Louisville Cardinal fans, begins Monday, August 22 and runs through September 2.
The drive helps ensure adequate blood supplies are available as the Labor Day holiday nears. During the drive, all donors will receive a Battle of the Bluegrass t-shirt and also the chance to win a pair of tickets to the Kentucky-Louisville football game on September 17.
Donors will also be entered to win a 2011 Toyota Tacoma. The "Kentucky blue" truck is parked outside of the Kentucky Blood Center's Beaumont location.
The Kentucky Blood Center provides blood for patients at nearly 70 Kentucky hospitals and clinics in more than 60 counties. Over the last year, the blood center distributed nearly 130,000 blood components. Donors can give blood at any Kentucky Blood Center location.