Big Blue Slam had a memorable start Monday with the Rupp Arena Blood Drive and a marriage proposal. Unfortunately, the first day of the annual blood drive competition between the Cats and Gators finished with Florida in the lead, 365 to 339.
More than 130 donors helped kick off Big Blue Slam at Rupp Arena Monday, but two of them had more on their mind than just saving a life. Brian Lewis and Amanda Semler, both of Richmond, began planning a new life together when Lewis got down on one knee at Rupp Arena center court and proposed to Semler. The donors and Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) staff who were on hand applauded as he slipped the ring on her finger. The couple then donated blood together.
Big Blue Slam continues through Friday. KBC donor centers will be open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and there will be a number of blood drives on the University of Kentucky campus and at various other locations throughout the region.
Big Blue Slam donors will receive a commemorative T-shirt and a chance to win a package for two to the SEC Tournament in Atlanta – two tickets for the Thursday through Sunday sessions in the Georgia Dome and a three-night stay at the Westin Peachtree Plaza.
The sixth annual Big Blue Slam is a blood drive competition between Cat and Gator fans and KBC and LifeSouth Community Blood Center in Gainesville. Kentucky leads the competition 3 to 2.
Big Blue Slam comes at a good time this year, after several weeks of wintry weather and cancelled blood drives have impacted the blood supply.
KBC Donor Centers
Beaumont Donor Center
3121 Beaumont Centre Circle
Andover Donor Center
3130 Maple Leaf Drive in the Andover Shoppes
Somerset Donor Center
Off Highway 27 at stoplight 16A
Pikeville Donor Center
472 S. Mayo Trail
To find a Big Blue Slam blood drive, visit kybloodcenter.org or call 800.775.2522.
Blood donors must be 17-years-old (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health, show a photo I.D. and meet additional requirements. Sixteen-year-old donors must have a signed parental permission slip, which can be found at kybloodcenter.org.
About Kentucky Blood Center
KBC, the largest FDA regulated blood bank in Kentucky, is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring a safe, adequate blood supply for patients at nearly 70 Kentucky hospitals and clinics in more than 60 counties. KBC relies on volunteers to donate 400 pints of blood per day to meet area patients’ needs. Over the last year KBC distributed nearly 130,000 blood components.