KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — MEDIC Regional Blood Center's annual UT vs. Florida blood donation competition is back.
This year, MEDIC and LifeSouth Blood Center in Florida competed to see who could collect the highest number of red blood cell products from Sept. 11 to Sept. 15—ahead of the Tennessee vs. Florida game.
Those who donated at MEDIC this week received a special t-shirt and multiple coupons. Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs was also in on the fun this year and made a friendly wager with Gainesville Mayor Harvey Ward.
MEDIC won the competition, according to a spokesperson. They collected 1,900 blood products, while LifeSouth collected 1,738 products.
Because MEDIC won, Ward will have to sing Rocky Top and send Jacobs some gator meat. If LifeSouth wins, Jacobs will have to do the "gator chomp" and send Ward some Calhoun's ribs.
You can watch the video below.
Appointments to donate blood at MEDIC can be made online, via the MEDIC app or by calling 865-524-3074.