TROY -- This year as the Troy University Trojans get ready to take on Sunbelt Conference rival Middle Tennessee State University, students are shedding some blood before hitting the field.
The Student Government Association hosted the first-ever “Blood Bowl” on Nov. 13 in the Trojan Center Lobby and Nov. 15 at the Baptist Campus Ministries building.
MTSU also held a blood drive on its campus, competing with TROY to see who could give more “pints of school pride.”
“It was a joint effort between TROY and MTSU to come up with a competition right before the game,” said Judson Vaughn, blood drive coordinator for the SGA.
Vaughn said that the football teams compete for the Palladium trophy every year and this year the added incentive was that they are helping to save lives.
Amy Scaro, a junior broadcast journalism major and blood donor, said that she thinks that the blood drives are great opportunities to help others.
“It’s something that I have that I can give for free, and it doesn’t take a lot of work,” said Scaro. “It’s an easy way to help someone out.”
TROY came out of the competition with a final count of 162 pints of blood and more than 200 people showed up to donate.
The Trojans face off against MTSU for the Palladium trophy at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 in Movie Gallery Veterans Stadium. The game is also the Trojans’ “Salute to Veterans” game. A tradition since 2000, the University invites members of the military to attend the game. This year, special honorees include the service men and women and their families who responded to “Troy for Troops.”