Stoops to Kick Off Blood Drive

Norman, OK -- The University of Oklahoma Athletics Department and the American Red Cross are partnering again this year to save lives through blood donation with drives scheduled for Tuesday, April 15 and Wednesday, April 16. Donation site are located at the north end of the stadium, second floor Athletics Department lobby and the Red Cross Bus parked north of the OU bookstore.



Times will be 9:30 am-3 pm both locations, both days.   OU Football Coach, Bob Stoops is scheduled once again this year to be the first donor.


All those coming to donate will receive a commemorative OU T-shirt, a $5 Louie's coupon and a coupon from the OU bookstore. All donors are also eligible to win memorabilia donated by the OU Athletics department. 


"Each year, the Red Cross asks for our help and we are very happy to lend our support," said Annette Moran, Assistant Director of Athletic Academic Affairs and blood drive coordinator. "You never know when a family member, friend or neighbor might need the ‘gift of life.' This is a chance for OU students and faculty to make a difference."


This is the fourth year for the OU Athletics Department/Red Cross blood drive. The Red Cross reports increased efforts to educate high school and college students on the importance of becoming life-time blood donors.


"Students make up the largest segment of our donors. Each year, we ask the OU Athletics Department and student-athletes to help us raise awareness of the need for blood and each year, they come through for us," said Delisa English, CEO, American Red Cross Southwest Region – Oklahoma.  "We are grateful to all the students at the University of Oklahoma for their blood donations." 


The American Red Cross provides relief to victims of disasters at home and abroad, collects and distributes nearly half of the nation's blood supply, teaches lifesaving skills, and supports military members and families. The American Red Cross, a charity and not a government agency, depends on voluntary contributions of time, money and blood to perform its humanitarian mission.


To donate blood you must be 17 years of age, weight 110 pounds and be in good health. The Red Cross reminds those coming to donate to bring a photo ID, such as a Red Cross donor card, OU student ID or driver's license.

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