Blood drive at Rupp

Staff report | @KyKernel

Rupp Arena is playing host to its first blood drive Monday between noon and 7 p.m.

The blood drive, dubbed “Big Blue Slam,” is hosted by the Kentucky Blood Center, which encourages people to do their part to save lives and “Slam the Gators.”

The event is a competition with a similar blood drive that will be taking place in Florida.

Donors who are unable to attend the blood drive in Rupp Arena can donate at one of the Kentucky Blood Center’s four locations in Kentucky this week to be included in “Big Blue Slam.” Its Lexington centers are at 3121 Beaumont Centre Circle and 3130 Maple Leaf Drive.

All donors will receive a Slam T-shirt, and those who donate at the Rupp Arena event will have the opportunity to take a shot on the court.

Those who donate will also be entered in the blood center’s winter drawing to win an entertainment package that includes a 60-inch smart TV with Wi-Fi, a PlayStation 3 with Call of Duty and a 3-D Blu-ray entertainment center.