BIG 12 BLOOD DRIVE TO BE CONDUCTED AT BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

BIG 12 BLOOD DRIVE TO BE CONDUCTED AT BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Guests Can Donate Blood at Municipal Auditorium on March 10-12

For a second consecutive year, fans of Big 12 Conference member schools are encouraged to donate blood in conjunction with the upcoming 2021 Phillips 66 Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships in March.
         
Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City will host the Champions Save Lives Big 12 Blood Drive from March 10-12 at Municipal Auditorium – site of the women’s games and central donation location. The blood drive will be held on the first floor of Bartle Hall in Room 2215 from 2-7 p.m. on March 10 and from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. on March 11 and 12. Registered donors at this blood drive will be eligible for a drawing to win a piece of autographed memorabilia from their favorite Big 12 men’s basketball coach.
 
“In the midst of COVID challenges, we’re pleased to still be able to host a 2021 blood drive with community partner CBC of Greater Kansas City,” said Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. “While we’re unable to host a full tournament experience for fans, we’re thrilled the blood drive can remain part of our basketball championship plans – and a way we can positively impact a region that is very important to our Conference.”     
         
“The blood supply is and always will be vital to our healthcare system,” said Kim Peck, Senior Executive Director of Community Blood Center. “At this unprecedented time, donating blood is one thing you can do to help someone who desperately needs it.”
 
Appointments are strongly recommended and can be made at www.savealifenow.org or call 1-877-468-6844. All donors are asked to wear masks to their donation. Temperatures will be checked at the door and social distancing protocols will remain in place. For more information regarding CBC’s response to COVID-19, visit https://smarturl.it/CBC_COVID19FB.
 
CBC of Greater Kansas City is a multi-year, Big 12 community partner of the Phillips 66 Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships. The non-profit organization receives visibility across official Conference social media accounts, and inside Municipal Auditorium and T-Mobile Center. Fans also will hear more about the blood drive on the “Big 12 This Week” SiriusXM radio program on channel 375.
         
Big 12 Sports Properties is the Learfield IMG College team dedicated to the Conference as its sponsorship rights holder.
 
About Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City (CBC)
Community Blood Center, now part of the NYBC family, serves hospitals in the Kansas City metropolitan area, as well as eastern Kansas and western Missouri. CBC provides nearly 200,000 blood products per year to approximately 65 area hospitals – and calls upon about 580 donors each day to meet the need for a life-saving gift of blood. The blood center makes timely deliveries of safe, high-quality products to meet transfusion needs, for routine care and emergencies. For more information, visit http://www.savealifenow.org/.
 
About Big 12 Conference
The Big 12 Conference is comprised of 10 Universities – Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech and West Virginia. The Big 12 is an NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics conference that encompasses five states with over 40 million people within its geographic footprint. In its 24th year, the Conference has produced over 680 Academic All-America selections and claimed national championship team titles in 17 of its 23 sponsored sports. Its student-athletes and teams have combined for over 660 individual NCAA titles and 63 team national championships. Nearly 5,000 student-athletes from across the United States and around the World compete annually under the Big 12 banner. For more information, visit Big12Sports.com and follow the Conference on Facebook (Facebook.com/Big12), Twitter (@Big12Conference) and You Tube (YouTube.com/Big12Conference).