MEDIC Regional Blood Center (UT) vs. LifeSouth Blood Center in Florida (UF)

MEDIC Regional Blood Center and LifeSouth Blood Centers are keeping the annual UT vs. FL blood drive competition from September 21st through the 24th.

The University of TN vs. University of FL game may have moved to December, but the two blood centers battle year after year to see who can collect the most blood and blood-related products. MEDIC won the trophy in 2019 after losing in 2018. 

“We are excited to kick off the SEC season with our annual competition,” said MEDIC Director of Communications and Donor Engagement Kristy Altman. “Even though the game has been moved, the need for blood and blood-related products at this time of year is still high. Both organizations felt that we should continue our annual September tradition and it’s a fun way to keep the rivalry going all season.”

Donors can visit any one of the four donor centers or any community drive to donate. A full list of blood drives, locations and times can be found at

All donors will receive a special edition T-Shirt and coupons for Salsarita’s and Texas Roadhouse. Donations continue to be screened for COVID-19 antibodies through September 30.

Donors must wear a mask or face covering and MEDIC continues to see donors by appointment-only at this time.

Donations made locally truly help neighbors in our region. For more information on MEDIC Regional Blood Center, please visit our website at or contact Director of Communications and Donor Engagement Kristy Altman at or by phone at 865-524-3074.

About MEDIC Regional Blood Center

MEDIC was established in 1958 by Carl Nelson, MD, under the sponsorship of the Knoxville Academy of Medicine. MEDIC is a nonprofit organization and is the only U.S. blood center which has a Blood Coverage Program covering members’ blood supplier processing fees at any hospital in the country. MEDIC is an accredited member of AABB (formerly American Association of Blood Banks) and America’s Blood Centers (ABC). The center adheres to the blood product safety regulations established by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is licensed by the FDA and the State of Tennessee. MEDIC is an independent blood center and not affiliated with the American Red Cross. Today, MEDIC Regional Blood Center is the provider of blood and blood-related products for the 25 area hospitals in 22 counties in East Tennessee and Southeastern Kentucky.