Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich will be featured on the 19th annual Bleed Blue Blood Drive and Holiday Fest football.
Reich is perhaps best known for the comeback he led against the Miami Hurricanes in 1984. In a back-up role, he took the field and led the Terrapins on to overcome a 31-point halftime lead and win the game 42-40, then the biggest comeback in college football history. Drafted in the third round of the 1985 NFL Draft by Buffalo, he played for the Bills, Carolina Panthers, New York Jets and Detroit Lions during a career that spanned 13 years.
In his first season as head coach of the Colts, Reich began his coaching career as an intern with the Colts in 2006. He returned to the team as quarterbacks, offensive assistant and receivers coach from 2008-2011. After, he spent time in the coaching ranks with Arizona, San Diego and Philadelphia before taking the Colts job.
Each year, the Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Blood Center, part of Versiti, host Indiana’s largest single-day blood drive of the year. Bleed Blue ensures that hospitals can meet Hoosier patient needs over the holidays and into 2019. Last year, more than 1,600 footballs featuring Colts running back Frank Gore were given to Hoosiers who gave life-saving blood at the drive.
This year’s drive, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 15 at Lucas Oil Stadium, located at 500 S. Capitol Ave., will again include free, fun and family-friendly activities, tours of the Colts field and locker room, chances to win prizes and appearances by Colts cheerleaders and Blue, the Colts mascot.
Anyone 16 or older in good health who meets eligibility requirements is encouraged to donate blood. Parental consent is required for donors age 16 to give. The donation process takes about an hour. Donors should bring a photo ID that includes their birth date.
Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are welcome. To schedule an appointment at Bleed Blue, visit www.colts.com/BleedBlue or call Indiana Blood Center at 317-916-5150.
More than 90,000 Indiana residents each year give life-saving blood through the Indiana Blood Center, a non-profit organization founded in 1952 that operates blood centers in Indianapolis, Fishers, Carmel, Greenwood, Lafayette and Terre Haute and a community blood drives throughout the state. Part of Versiti, Indiana Blood Center typically collects more than 130,000 units of blood annually and supplies blood to more than 60 Indiana hospitals and beyond. For more, visit Versiti.org/Indiana.
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ABOUT INDIANA BLOOD CENTER
Founded in 1952, Indiana Blood Center, part of Versiti, is a non-profit organization and vital community resource dedicated to providing a continuous, safe and adequate supply of blood components and biological services first to people of our own communities, then wherever needed. The center has 350 associates and more than 90,000 Hoosier blood donors. For more, visit versiti.org/Indiana.
ABOUT THE INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
The franchise has won four World Championships. Since relocating to Indianapolis, the Colts have won 11 division titles, including five consecutive AFC South crowns from 2003-07. The Colts are the only NFL team to have 12-plus victories in seven consecutive seasons. The Colts won 115 regular season games from 2000-09, the highest decade total in NFL history, and the team’s 23 consecutive regular season wins (2008-09) set another NFL record. The club won Super Bowl XLI following a 12-4 record in the 2006 regular season, and the Colts reached Super Bowl XLIV after winning the AFC title during the 2009 season. For more, visit colts.com.
The Indianapolis Colts take great pride in playing an active role in the community and are committed to corporate citizenship throughout Indiana. Leading by example, we hope to encourage and inspire our fellow Hoosiers to participate in the practice of giving back. Our goal is to create lasting philanthropic partnerships and maximize those relationships for the betterment of our community, thus, building a legacy of goodwill as we share the heart behind the horseshoe.