The Charlotte 49ers and the American Red Cross hosted the 10th Annual 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive last Thursday, September 8th. Sponsored by Charlotte 49ers student-athletes, the blood drive was stationed in the university's Athletic Training and Academic Center /Hayward Practice Gym and attracted 96 donors, collecting 92 units of blood.
"We had a very good turnout for the 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive on this the ten year anniversary of that tragedy," said Mark Verburg, Assistant Director of the 49ers Athletic Academic Center and Life Skills Coordinator. "This is one of our most important community service projects and it is a great way to start off the academic year. We had great participation from student-athletes from almost every team. The baseball team again embraced this event and helped out in all facets: donating, recruiting donors and volunteering. The softball team also made a big impact with 10 of their 15 team members donating."
Thirty eight student-athletes from eight teams volunteered 48.5 hours of their time to help the event and also recruited 32 donors. Student-athlete donors totaled 27 with 17 from the 49ers' baseball team and 10 from the softball team, two of the 49ers teams that are in off-season training.
Last year, through the 49ers Life Skills program, Charlotte 49ers' student-athletes contributed 2732.5 hours of community service through activities similar to the blood drive.