Annual Magic City Classic Blood Drive is a Huge Success

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By Victoria Stovall, ASU Media Relations intern

Alabama State University's Housing and Residence Life hosted its annual Magic City Classic Blood Drive on Oct. 22, and students, faculty, staff and the community turned out in droves to donate blood.

 The blood drive is held every year during the week of Magic City Classic. It gives students an opportunity to be able to give back to the community (President Ross's ideal of CommUniversity) and get the opportunity to attend the football game between Alabama State University and Alabama A & M for free by donating blood.

 Brittany Harper, a nurse practitioner, said that donating blood can help save lives.

“O positive blood is what is in high demand right now,” Harper said. “Type O positive blood is given to patients more than any other blood type, which is why it's considered the most needed blood type.”

 Daryl Haygood, a sophomore majoring in theatre and dance from Birmingham, Ala. and a former member of the Mighty Marching Hornet Band, said he has donated blood every year at the event.

 “This will be my third year donating and I don’t do it just for the ticket and a T-shirt. It makes me feel good to give back,” Haygood said.

 Akeira Arnold, a freshman majoring in forensic science from Atlanta, Ga., said she is giving blood in hopes of attending her inaugural "Classic" in Birmingham.

  “I want to experience the hype about it since this will be my first Magic City Classic,” Arnold said. “I want to be able to feel the rivalry and excitement from going.” 

Note: The Magic City Classic is the largest historically black college and university (HBCU) football game in the country. The football clash between Alabama State University and Alabama A&M University takes place on Saturday (Oct. 26) at 2:30 p.m. at Birmingham's historic Legion Field. At the game's halftime, fans may witness the battle of the bands between A&M’s Marching Maroon & White and ASU’s Mighty Marching Hornets.