St. John's Community to Take Part In Annual Athletics Blood Drive

Jan. 30, 2009

QUEENS, N.Y. - The St. John's University Office of Athletics and Office of Community Relations will be holding its annual blood drive on Thursday, Feb. 5. The event will take place between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. on the court at Carnesecca Arena.

"The Athletics Blood Drive is a great team effort with our athletes, coaches and administrators," said Blood Drive Committee co-chair Kevin Ryan. "What better venue could there be than the famous basketball court in Carnesecca Arena?"

The New York Blood Center has declared an emergency blood shortage. The holiday and post-holiday seasons are traditionally low periods for blood donation, due to many factors. But the faltering economy has hurt blood collection even more, with many organizations cancelling or downsizing their drives.

St. John's University's campus blood drives collected 1,774 pints in 2008, including 113 pints at the athletics blood drive, making STJ the most successful blood donor among colleges and universities in New York. The University community is urging those willing and able to come out and donate the gift of life.

"We are all so very proud of this No. 1 achievement in blood donation, and the University-wide efforts at all campuses prove that we live the spirit of giving in true Vincentian spirit," said STJ Community Relations Vice President and Blood Committee co-chair Joseph Sciame.

For more information, contact Ryan in the Office of Community Relations at 718-990-1941.

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