The rivalry between the University of Arkansas at Monticello and Southern Arkansas University has often been intense when the competition takes place on a football field or basketball court, but now the two schools are using their rivalry for the benefit of the American Red Cross.
UAM recently held its half of a two-day UAM vs. SAU Blood Drive Challenge. UAM students and faculty stepped up, donating 97 units of blood while exceeding the university’s goal by 12 percent. SAU will hold its portion of the challenge later this year.
The blood drive was sponsored by the UAM Student Activities Board, the Knights and Lady Knights, University Center staff, and UAM Student Health Services. Prizes were awarded to the student organizations with the most donations. The first place prize of a gazebo tent went to the Knights and Lady Knights for donating 27 units of blood. Other winners included the UAM baseball team, which won a Coleman ice chest, and individual students Nyesia Driver of Patterson and Dave Nugent of DeWitt, who received Ozark Trail lawn chairs.
“I want to thank everyone for helping ensure a safe and continuous blood supply which can give the gift of life to people in need of blood,” said Terri Richardson, RN, director of student health services and the UAM Exercise Center.
Members of the UAM baseball team are pictured above waiting their turns to donate blood. Team members (front row, from left) are Tino Trujillo of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., Taylor Eaves of Beaumont, Tex., Hunter Allday of Texarkana, Tex., Jarrett Horton of Lufkin, Tex., Chris Guzman of El Paso, Tex., and T. J. Cox of Memphis, Tenn.