UI wins the 2019 Blood Donation Challenge for the Corridor Corporate Games

The University of Iowa won the 2019 Blood Donation Challenge for the Corridor Corporate Games (CCG). The challenge was one of the 25 events offered to participating businesses during the games this year. The event brought in over 1,000 people from 43 businesses around the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City area to compete in a challenge that helped save lives. The company logging the most presenting donors in each company division were presented with the “Corridor Corporate Games Blood Donation Challenge” Award at a ceremony during FRYfest.

Left to right: Jessica Hinrichs, UI DeGowin Blood Center; Megan Hammes, UI liveWELL, who led the UI team for the Corridor Corporate Games; Nate Kaeding, member of the Iowa Sports Foundation Board of Directors, which runs the Corridor Corporate Games; and Jackie Kleppe, UI Health Care Outreach and Engagement

“CCG was gracious enough to invite the UI DeGowin Blood Center, along with Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, to be part of the challenge this year which gave us the opportunity to connect to more donors in a fun and competitive way,” says Jessica Hinrichs, UI Health Care blood drive coordinator.

In order to collect a plethora of donations, blood drives were offered at each of the following locations:

  • UI Hospitals & Clinics Fountain Lobby
  • UI Health Care Support Services Building
  • MERF Atrium in conjunction with Science Thursdays
  • UI Health Care–Iowa River Landing
  • Old Capitol Mall
  • Iowa Memorial Union
  • UI State Hygienic Laboratory

“Between donations at the UI DeGowin Blood Center and all of the blood drives combined, 394 units were collected. Those units were used to help the patients at UI Hospitals & Clinics, including UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital,” Hinrichs says. “We are truly thankful for all the donors that came to donate and all the people that continue to encourage others to donate as well. Bringing in more life-saving units means we get to save more lives; that alone is something the University of Iowa can truly be proud of and now we get to add that we are CCG champs of it!”

The games

This year the games brought in nearly 5,400 people from 43 businesses around the Corridor. The competitions—including competitive and non-competitive events—are conducted throughout the summer to promote teamwork and company pride.

UI Health Care is a Gold Plus Sponsor of the Iowa Sports Foundation, who organizes the CCG. Therefore, UI Health Care partnered with Megan Hammes, director of UI Wellness, to create a UI team.

The UI team earned points based on different activities that took place, such as volleyball, basketball, races, yoga, and bowling.

The points earned in each division were added together and compared against other companies to determine an overall champion, in which the UI took 4th place overall in the large company division.

“The idea is to have the employees at your company get active, keep moving, and enjoy some fun competition and volunteerism in their community,” says Jacqueline Kleppe, director of Outreach and Engagement for UI Health Care, board member for the Iowa Sports Foundation, and CCG participant.

For more information about the Corridor Corporate Games, visit corridorcorporategames.org.