Hampton, Va. – The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and Project Life will partner to save lives one swab at a time during the 2015 CIAA Basketball Tournament in Charlotte, N.C. A Project Life Movement booth will be obtainable on Friday, February 27th at the CIAA Fan Fest presented by Toyota in the Charlotte Convention Center Halls A & B.
In its second year, the CIAA is the first athletics conference to partner with Project Life and host conference wide bone marrow drives. Under the #CIAASupports initiative, the vision is to equip, educate, and empower the CIAA community toward becoming life-giving and life-saving bone marrow donors.
The CIAA 12-member institutions have already conducted drives as part of a conference-wide challenge, “Road to the Tourney, Saving Lives One Swab at a Time.” Last year, CIAA-SAAC and Project Life volunteers registered a total of 1,640 donors.
This year’s goal is to double the number of registrants with a bone marrow drive competition. In addition to the numbers collected on individual campuses, a championship donor bracket will be displayed to solicit alumni and community support in a competitive format. Giveaways and prizes will be available for registrants.
Currently, 7% of donors listed on the registry are African American. To become a registrant, it’s a remarkably simple process that involves using common swabs to collect tissue cells from the inside of the donor’s cheeks. Two swabs, one for each side of the mouth, are rubbed against the cheek for 10 seconds. The swabbing and completion of registration information takes less than 10 minutes.