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Get ready for Battle of Orange, Blue

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It’s time once again to prove the volunteer spirit is alive and well in East Tennessee.

Medic Regional Blood Center’ 26th annual Battle of the Orange and Blue, a blood drive competition between Tennessee and Kentucky, kicks off Nov. 18.

This friendly competition pits Vol fans against fans of the Kentucky Wildcats to see which group can bring in the most blood donations over a one-week period.   

“It is a fun way to play off the football rivalry and get the community involved,” explained Christi Fightmaster, Medic’s director of public relations.

Roane County donors won’t have far to travel to do their part.

Medic mobile units will be at Rockwood Walmart Supercenter on Nov. 18, and at Oliver Springs Food City on Nov. 19.

Both blood drives will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The overall score of the competition comes down to 12 wins for Vol fans, 12 wins for Wildcat fans — and a tie in 1992.

“The tie in 1992 just shows everyone how close this competition can be and that every single donation can make a difference,” Fightmaster said.  

Volunteer fans have fallen to Wildcat fans the last three years, and Medic is offering incentives to help garner more participation.   

Donors will receive a free game day T-shirt and coupons for free pizza and frozen dessert treats.  

Donors are also welcome to visit Medic donor centers at 1601 Ailor Ave., Knoxville, and  11000 Kingston Pike, Farragut.

Donors who give blood at the donor centers will receive an additional incentive item:  a free movie pass with no expiration date.      

 The Battle of the Orange and Blue started 26 years ago as a way for both Medic Regional Blood Center and Kentucky Blood Center to collect enough blood to adequately supply local hospitals during the holiday season.

Blood donation collections decline during the holidays; however, the need can increase this time of year.

“The Battle of the Orange and Blue is a trusted way to ensure blood is on Medic’s shelves and hospital-ready when needed,” Fightmaster said.