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A Healthy Competition

Drexel places a big emphasis on service — we believe that it's part of becoming a well-rounded person. That's why Drexel has a community service requirement for all freshmen. But just because service is required doesn't mean you can't have some fun while you do it.

For example, all of our fraternities and sororities participate in service activities — everything from community cleanups to bakesales — and Alternative Spring Break allows students the opportunity to travel while volunteering.

But one of the most popular options is the Colonial Athletic Association Blood Challenge.

The Blood Challenge has all of the elements of a typical blood drive. Red Cross giving stations are set up around campus; volunteers in red T-shirts encourage students, faculty, and staff to donate; and a mascot meant to look like a giant, fuzzy drop of blood poses for pictures with passersby. But there's a twist — all of the schools in the CAA, Drexel's NCAA athletic conference, are competing to raise the most donations.

In all the excitement, participants in the Blood Challenge never lose sight of how valuable what they're doing is. Every pint donated can save up to three lives. In an average year, Drexel collects about a thousand pints. And in the 10 years that the CAA has been hosting the event, more than 30,000 pints have been raised, helping almost 100,000 recipients. That's a really healthy competition.

Going into last year, Drexel was on a four-year win streak when division rivals the University of Delaware pulled off an upset. So you can bet that this year Drexel will be out for blood.