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Blood Drive Shares in Excitement Over Football

By Cody Kitaura/Dateline on October 30, 2018 in University

Eager fans who can’t wait for the Causeway Classic football game have a chance to beat Sac State on a different kind of field next week: in bloodmobiles stationed around the Quad for the three-day Causeway Classic Blood Drive.

Organizers are hoping the excitement over this year’s Aggies — 7-1 on the season and ranked sixth best in the country — will boost participation.Logo for Causeway Classic Blood Drive

Vitalant — formerly known as BloodSource — will conduct its blood (and marrow) drive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, Nov. 6-8, for our half of the annual competition between the two universities, to see which one can muster the most participants. With a win last year, UC Davis took a 6-4 lead in the series.

“Last November we had a total of 1,423 participants represent UC Davis over the competition date range,” said Heather Sharp, a representative of Vitalant. “Because of this friendly but spirited competition between neighboring rivals, 2,736 total participants represented at both schools and thousands of lifesaving pints of blood were collected.”

Every participant in the Causeway Classic Blood Drive this year receives a $10 Fandango movie voucher.

The Aggies have a home game this Saturday (Nov. 3) against Northern Arizona (kickoff 1 p.m.), an away game Nov. 10 against Eastern Washington (another top-10 team) and then comes the last game of the regular season, the 65th annual Causeway Classic, Saturday, Nov. 17, at Aggie Stadium (kickoff at noon). That may seem far off, but don’t wait to buy tickets, which are selling at the same pace with which the Aggies are breaking records this season. Intercollegiate Athletics expects Causeway Classic tickets — a surefire sellout each year — to be gone around a week before kickoff.

UC Davis is alone in first place with a 5-0 record in the Big Sky Conference, undefeated at home this season and vying for postseason play. The Aggies, who had never been nationally ranked in the school's Division I era, have been in the top 10 the last three weeks.

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Cody Kitaura/Dateline Cody Kitaura is a content provider and strategist with Strategic Communications at UC Davis. He can be reached at 530-752-1932 or