On Tuesday, March 19, Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine & Wellness, William Pugh, spearheaded the 2013 Red Cross Blood Drive with help from three Mustang student-athletes – Ysen Dalipi, Gaven King, and Kaitlyn Vigna. Pugh would follow up the Blood Drive with the annual Wellness Fair a day later to round out a successful 2013 Health Week.
This year’s event, co-chaired by the three aforementioned student-athletes representing the American Red Cross and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Leadership Program, helped potentially save an astounding 99 lives through the collection of 33 units (pints) of blood.
In addition to the recent record-breaking numbers, the NAIA Leadership Program and our campus came together to commit to an extra drive in October 2012. With the combined totals of both drives, Marygrove College Wellness helped collect 57 units of blood for a grand total of 167 lives potentially saved throughout the 2012-13 academic year! The total is a 78% increase from the 2011-12 academic year.
“I’m very pleased to announce the record numbers from our 2013 Red Cross Blood Drive,” said Pugh. “I am very proud of and thankful for the students that helped make the day a success. We look forward to breaking our record next year!”
The winner of the blood drive gift card raffle was Marygrove student, Maricela Ponce. Congrats, Maricela, and thank you for your donation!
The winner of the iPad Mini will be announced later this semester.
A STUDENT-ATHLETES PERSPECTIVE
Ysen Dalipi (Men’s Soccer): The combination of the two blood drives were great events for the faculty, staff, and students of Marygrove College. With busy schedules, people tend to forget they have a chance to save three lives by donating blood. In the end, the blood drives are another example of how Marygrove College reaches out to the community.
Gaven King (Men’s Soccer): I enjoyed participating in the American Red Cross / NAIA Leadership Program because of the opportunity to make a difference for the College, the athletic programs, and the Red Cross. The blood drive was a chance for me to get more involved in a positive way and show the difference a Marygrove student-athlete can have in our community.
Kaitlyn Vigna (Women’s Soccer): My experience with this program helped me realize this is an area I truly want to be in the rest of my life. As a Nursing major, it was helpful for me to view my field of study and watch the nurses perform their jobs and interact with the donors. I look forward to helping save more lives in the future!