The 16th annual Colonial Athletic Association Blood Challenge resulted in 1,250 productive units of blood that were collected from 1,261 donors on CAA campuses.

Throughout the 16-year history of the event, the CAA Blood Challenge has resulted in 44,857 productive units of blood.

The University of Delaware captured the CAA Blood Challenge for the sixth year in a row and the 10th time overall with 354 donors.

“The University of Delaware is proud to once again take the lead in this life-saving challenge,” said University of Delaware Director of Athletics and Recreation Services Chrissi Rawak. “On behalf of the University of Delaware community and all the communities throughout the Colonial Athletic Association, I want to thank those who came out to support such a great cause at this time of the year. I also want to thank the Blood Bank of Delmarva for coordinating the event and for the vital services they provide in helping those around us throughout the year.”

The CAA Blood Challenge was developed by the conference presidents as a way to emphasize the importance of donating blood. Each CAA institution worked with its local blood service center and designated one day during the fall term to conduct a campuswide blood drive. Student groups, faculty, staff and alumni were all encouraged to participate.

The Colonial Athletic Association will present the University of Delaware with an award in recognition of its achievement during a men’s basketball game Feb. 16.

For information, visit delmarvablood.org.