SAINT LEO, Fla. – In the season of fright, where fake blood is aplenty, the Saint Leo baseball team is aiming to set another record in donation of the real stuff as they kick off the 3rd Annual Blood Bowl on Sunday afternoon.  The first game of the best-of-5 series gets underway on Halloween at 2:00 p.m. at Thomas B. Southard Stadium.

What has seemingly become a fall rite of passage for the Saint Leo baseball team since head coach Russ McNickle’s arrival three years ago, the Blood Bowl divides the Lions into two equally matched teams who square off in a five-game ‘World Series’ to wrap up the fall season.  The losing team in the matchup is required to roll up their sleeves and donate blood on November 10th. 

Holding a 2-0 all-time record in the Blood Bowl, the gold team led by assistant coach Lee Parks and honorary coach John Zeller look to make it a three-peat over the members of the black team.  But assistant coaches, and black squadron leaders Keith Strickland and Sean VanGuilder will look to change the fortunes of their group.

"To end each fall season in our uniforms and seeing the players and coaches competing to win the blood bowl series is always exciting for me," said Coach McNickle.  "But I know that we all understand the opportunity we have to give back to the community in this special way.  My hope is that everyone associated with Saint Leo University and the athletic department will join us this year.  Everyone wins when we can give the gift of life." 

Although it appears to be a punishment, the donation is well-received beyond just the baseball team as both the winning team and members of other Saint Leo squads, including coaches and department staff members, stop by and donate.

This year, the BloodNet’s Bloodmobile will open for donations on Wednesday, November 10th between 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and will be parked along the north side of the Marion Bowman Activities Center.

All are invited to attend the games as well as helping in the donation of blood. Every season, the goal for the drive is 30 pints of blood, a mark that was reached and surpassed in the series’ inaugural year with 31 pints.

The series presents an excellent opportunity for players and students alike to give back to others in a special, life-saving manner as we further our commitment to the Core Values of Community and Responsible Stewardship.

For more information about the Blood Bowl Series, contact Coach McNickle at russell.mcnickle@saintleo.edu or visit the BloodNet USA site at www.bloodnetusa.com.

Click here for the 2010 Gold and Black team rosters

2010 Blood Bowl Series Schedule
Game 1 – Sunday, October 31st @ 2:00 p.m.
Game 2 – Monday, November 1st @ 6:00 p.m.
Game 3 – Tuesday, November 2nd @ 4:30 p.m.
Game 4 – Wednesday, November 3rd @ 4:30 p.m.
Game 5 – Thursday, November 4th @ 4:30 p.m.

All games free of charge