Baseball puts it all on the Line in the 2012 Blood Bowl

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Another Halloween on the horizon sees the Saint Leo baseball team again focusing on blood donations as they kick off the 5th Annual Blood Bowl on Wednesday afternoon.  The first game of the best-of-three series gets underway on Halloween at 5:00 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 five years ago, the Blood Bowl divides the Lions into two equally matched teams who square off in a three-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 in the 'Blood Bowl Payoff' on November 28.

While the losing team is required to donate blood, it becomes a community-wide event that sees nearly every member of Lions' Baseball partake in this good cause.  The donation is well-received beyond just the baseball team as, in addition to the winning team, members of other Saint Leo teams, including coaches and department staff members, stop by and donate.

"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."

This year, the BloodNet USA's Bloodmobile will open for donations on Wednesday, November 28 between 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and will be parked in front of the Apartments at the University Campus.

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.

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2012 Blood Bowl Series Schedule

Game 1 – Wednesday, October 31 @ 5 p.m.
Game 2 – Thursday, November 1 @ 5 p.m.
Game 3 – Monday, November 5 @ 5 p.m.

All games free of charge