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University of Iowa News Release

May 15, 2006

UI Football, DeGowin Blood Center Launch Donor Drive Campaign

The University of Iowa Football Program and the DeGowin Blood Center at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City are joining forces in a yearlong partnership to encourage blood donors to save lives.

"We are delighted that Head Coach Kirk Ferentz, his staff and players have made such a major commitment to give back to their fans and community by joining DeGowin as this year's Leadership Team. They are true role models," said Paula Dayton, donor recruitment coordinator in the DeGowin Blood Center. "If everyone who is eligible to donate blood would do so on a regular basis - three to four times per year - the need for blood would be met and shortages could become a thing of the past."

The DeGowin Blood Center will kick off its 2006-2007 campaign with the UI Football Program from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, June 5 at the UI Athletics Hall of Fame museum. Ferentz will join other members of Iowa football family in taking a break from summer workouts to roll up his sleeves and give blood. Participants will have the opportunity to enter a special drawing for an Iowa football autographed by Ferentz, his assistant coaches and players who are in attendance. Donors will receive a DeGowin Life-Saving Team t-shirt. Participants can tour the UI Hall of Fame Museum for only $1, a significant discount from the standard $4 admission fee.

The number of donors that can be accommodated during this drive is limited, so donors must schedule a time to donate. Sign up to donate by calling the DeGowin Blood Center at 319-356-2058 or visiting the Center's Web site at

Entries for the drawing for the autographed Iowa football will also be accepted June 5-10. DeGowin Life-Saving Team t-shirts will be offered to all blood donors in June, July and August.

Other upcoming DeGowin and UI Football Program Leadership Team events include:

-- A weeklong blood drive during "Beat Iowa State Week" with player appearances at the Students Today Alumni Tomorrow (STAT) blood drive at the Iowa Memorial Union on Sept. 14

-- A special blood drive Nov. 30, prior to Iowa's bowl game in the Activities Room on the first level of the John Pappajohn Pavilion at UI Hospitals and Clinics

-- A series of appearances by players during the high school blood drives next spring

-- A special ceremony to honor the Hawkeyes for their support at halftime of the next Iowa Spring Game

The DeGowin Blood Center supplies blood products for patients at UI Hospitals and Clinics. Last year, there were more than 32,000 transfusions involving blood products at UI Hospitals and Clinics, or an average of nearly 90 every day. You must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be cold and flu symptom free for five days to donate blood.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945,