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American Red Cross Announces 11th Annual Lowcountry USC vs. Clemson Blood Battle

Charleston, S.C., Oct. 28, 2013 — The Carolina Gamecocks and Clemson Tigers will soon take to the football field for the annual rivalry game. Before the teams meet up on the gridiron, the American Red Cross, Charleston County Clemson Club and Charleston County Gamecock Club invite you to show your school spirit by giving blood.

Join us for the 11th annual Lowcountry USC vs. Clemson Blood Battle sponsored by ESPN 98.9FM, ESPN 910AM and SPORTSRADIO 1450AM Monday, Nov. 18, through Wednesday, Nov. 27, at the following locations.

West Ashley Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., Charleston (Harrell Square Shopping Center)

Mt. Pleasant Donation Center, 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd., Mt. Pleasant (Village Pointe Shopping Center)

Hours of Operation

Monday-Wednesday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Thursday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Friday and Saturday: 6 a.m.- 2 p.m.

To schedule your appointment, please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

All presenting donors will be able to attribute their donation to the team of their choice, and they will receive a free commemorative Blood Battle T-shirt and will automatically be entered for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Carolina vs. Clemson football game on Nov. 30 at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia.

Bobby Hartin, former Gamecock Club president and host of ESPN 98.9FM “Fan Talk,” along with Walter Jenkins, former Clemson Tiger Club president, will be donating blood live on-air to kickoff the blood battle at the Mt. Pleasant Donor Center Monday, Nov. 18, at 3 p.m.

The blood battle finale will be held Nov. 27 at the West Ashley Donor Center where ESPN 98.9 will also be broadcasting “Fan Talk” live.

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. The American Red Cross South Carolina Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to patients in 54 hospitals. Approximately 500 people need to give blood or platelets each week day to meet hospital demand.

Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Most healthy people age 17 and older, or 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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.