April 16, 2012
Head coach Mike London and members of the University of Virginia football team are putting in some work off the field to help save lives.
For the third consecutive year, the team sponsored the "Get In The Game, Save A Life" bone marrow registry drive. The program took place Monday at the Amphitheater on grounds.
The testing drive helps find matches to treat people with blood and bone marrow cancers and benefits the Be The Match Foundation. Members of the football helped with the registration process.
Bone marrow donation is especially important to coach London, as he donated to his daughter in 2003. He says it's important for the team to give back to community by helping bring attention to this potentially life-saving service.
"There are so many different facets of a student athlete, not just, obviously, the academic part. They have to do well and get a great education here at Virginia but also be involved in the community they serve," he explained.
Over the past two years, the Cavaliers have registered approximately 500 people for the donor data base. Organizers say they added 339 more people to the registry on Monday, besting their goal of 250.