With an estimated 24,000 blood donations by the end of the school year, teens have retained their status as United Blood Services largest statewide donor group for the ninth consecutive year. The D-backs honored the accomplishments of students in the 2012-13 High School Blood Drive Challenge by donating 1,000 tickets to 83 award-winning schools for their May 1 game against the San Francisco Giants. Championship banners were presented on-field during pregame ceremonies to the nine schools earning the highest honors. The team invited the top two high schools, Gilbert's Highland (most total donors) and Williams (highest percentage participation) to share a party suite at the game.
“High school donors are the top contributors to Arizona’s blood supply,” said Audrey Jennings, Regional Executive Director for United Blood Services/Arizona. “High school blood drives provide one out of every 10 donations given in Arizona, far surpassing any other age group of donors.”
Teen donations have more than doubled since the D-backs signed on as sponsors of the High School Blood Drive Challenge in 1998. “Working with Arizona’s youth to instill outstanding community values is one of our major goals,” said team President and CEO Derrick Hall. “We applaud their accomplishments and are delighted to honor them for saving lives.”
Apache Junction High School and Chandler's Basha High School were honored for having the most donations in their school-size divisions.