WILMINGTON -- The name of the game is giving back to the community. UNCW students are giving blood in a competition that also allows them to show some school pride. UNCW and the local American Red Cross are going up against 11 other schools around the nation. The competition involves giving back to the community by donating blood. The winner gets the glory and the recognition of having the most dedicated life savers. American Red Cross spokesperson Michelle Waters said, "We are experiencing an emergency need and a lot people don't realize is that there's always a need, so that's a good reason to come out and of course we want to win." Having students get involved is one way our regional blood supply gets restored. "Over a third of our blood supply comes from high schools and colleges, and they're real great about coming out and giving blood and they love giving back to the community," Waters said. The American Red Cross hopes that by the end of the day every single bag on this table will be filled and much, much, more. UNCW student Erika Hollingsworth said, "I like to help out people and I know if I were ever in a situation I would want someone to do the same for me." UNCW student Taylor Brantley said, "Actually, I'm a first time donor so I'm really excited about doing this and helping out in anyway I can." Assistant track coach Donald Thomas says this blood drive is one more way to show school pride. "It's pretty spirited," Thomas said. "It's good to see that people come out, the students, faculty, and staff." UNCW has been involved with the Red Cross blood challenge for the past six years. UNCW students won't know how they matched up against the other schools in until the end of November.
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