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Baseball Blood Battle: The Challenge Off the Diamond

The American Red Cross invites Charlotte-area baseball fans to roll up their sleeves and join the Charlotte Knights in their first-ever blood battle with the Durham Bulls! The Knights are competing with the Bulls to collect the most units of lifesaving blood. The challenge off the diamond takes place from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at the Knights Stadium.

Those who come out to donate blood will receive:

  • A FREE ticket to the Charlotte Knights baseball game on Aug. 24
  • A Red Cross tote bag
  • A SportClips coupon for a FREE haircut
  • A chance to win a $3,000 gift card
  • “The Charlotte Knights are proud to continue our long standing partnership with the American Red Cross, and this is a great way to give back to our community,” said Chris Semmens, vice president of sales for Charlotte Knights Baseball. “The Red Cross has a tremendous history of helping people locally and all over the world. What better way to work together than by hosting this special blood drive and have a little friendly competition at the same time.”

    Blood donations to the Red Cross dropped to the lowest they have been in 15 years this summer. Despite the improvement in blood donations in recent weeks, the Red Cross needs additional donations to ensure an adequate supply through the end of the summer.

    “The Red Cross has been encouraged by those who have stepped up to the plate to give blood in recent weeks, but we must make sure that blood is available for patients all summer long. So, donations are critically needed right now—whether you’re donating on behalf of the Charlotte Knights or the Durham Bulls,” said Angela A. Broome, chief executive officer of the local American Red Cross. “The Red Cross is grateful to partner with both baseball teams and their fans to provide lifesaving blood to patients in these local communities.”

    For more information or to make an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code Knights.

    The Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region provides blood to 103 hospitals and needs to have 1,600 people give blood and platelets each weekday to meet hospital demand. Accident victims as well as patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, blood disorders and other illnesses receive lifesaving transfusions every day. There is no substitute for blood and volunteer donors are the only source.

    Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Platelets can be safely given every two weeks, up to 24 times a year. Most healthy people age 17 and older, 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood and platelets. Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.

    About the American Red Cross:
    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.