For the third year in a row, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team helped host the "Get in the Game, Save a Life" Be the Match registry. Partnered with The Andy Talley Bone Marrow Foundation, the Be the Match registry is the world's largest hematopoietic cell registry that pairs stem cell donors with patients suffering from blood cancers.
Andy Talley is the head football coach at Villanova and has worked with over 30 football programs across the country to sponsor registry drives. The event was conducted as a part of the Blood Assurance’s annual Bloodanooga campus blood drive. Bloodanooga is a two-day event that continues today in the University Center.
“Coach Talley got us started with this event and few years ago,” stated head coach Russ Huesman. “It is such a great cause and something we want to continue to do. Our guys enjoy working the event and the campus community has really responded by signing up for the registry.”
Members of the football program took turns working shifts throughout the day, encouraging students, faculty and staff to sign up for the registry or donate blood. Signing up for the registry involves basic paperwork and then a DNA sample is taken with a cheek swab to complete the submission.