March 7, 2012
MADISON, Wis.—The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) held a blood drive on February 15 as part of the American Red Cross “Border Challenge” between the University of Wisconsin and the University of Minnesota.
The drive resulted in over 22 units of blood collected and over 66 lives saved. Over 25 registered donors participated.
Among those participants was senior golfer Jessie Gerry. “It is my second year participating,” said Gerry. “I wanted to do it again. It’s a good thing to help out with.”
The event was held in the McClain Center at Camp Randall Stadium. Gerry was a walk-in donor. “It’s great that it’s on location and easily accessible,” said Gerry. “It helps with our busy schedules.”
The American Red Cross was happy to host an event on site, because it is accessible to healthy, young student-athletes.
“It’s healthy, athletic blood,” said Patty Murphy, of the American Red Cross. “The student-athletes are more hydrated and eat better. [They help us] give healthy people, healthy blood.”
Men’s crew member Woody Stensland volunteered to help register donors at the event. He also handed out the free T-shirt participants received for donating. It was his first time volunteering with a SAAC-sponsored event.
“I thought this was a great opportunity to start volunteering with [SAAC],” said Stensland. “I’m from Minnesota, so [the challenge] is the best.
The “Border Challenge” ran from January 1, 2012 until February 29, 2012, campus-wide. The winning school will receive bragging rights, while all presenting donors at the drive that collects the highest percentage-to-goal at the winning institution receive American Red Cross headphones and an additional appreciation item. One donor will also receive the grand prize—a $250 Target gift card, via raffle.