Mount Union's football team is sponsoring a "Be The Match" Bone Marrow Registry Drive on March 24 from 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Hoover-Price Campus Center on campus in Alliance, Ohio.
Get In The Game. Save A Life. (GITG) is a program designed to educate college football players and their peers about Be The Match's® mission to save lives by delivering cures to people diagnosed with life-threatening blood cancers through marrow and cord blood transplantation. Each spring GITG football teams across the country host donor registration drives on their campuses to raise awareness for and grow the Be The Match Registry® with committed members from their campus communities.
Andy Talley, head coach of Villanova Football helped start the program in 2008 that now has over 50 college football programs host on-campus marrow drives each spring. Get In The Game has registered over 61,500 potential donors resulting in over 250 marrow transplants.
"Our goal is to get 250 people registered this year as potential bone marrow donors," commented defensive coordinator Chris Kappas. "Getting registered takes about 10 minutes of paperwork and a brief cheek swab. It is a quick and painless process that may help save a person's life!"
Last year's event at Mount Union registered over 300 people, which was one of the most successful drives in Ohio.
In its third year at Mount Union, several football players were contacted as potential matches, none of whom became donors because better matches were found, but they were able to realize that they may actually be able to help save a life.
For more information log on to: Be The Match Foundation website