By Peter Ciocca
The Sacred Heart University men’s rugby team, otherwise known as the X-Men, hosted a Red Cross blood drive on Thursday, April 13. The event took place from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the University Commons (UC).
The blood drive was open for not only students and faculty, but to the entire Bridgeport community. Locals from around the area showed their support by attending the event and donating blood for a good cause.
“It’s a good way to get people involved with the club and a good way to get people to donate blood, so it’s a win-win situation,” said junior Nicholas D’Angelo.
The men’s rugby Red Cross blood drive is usually held once every semester in the UC.
“Everyone participates and it’s actually good for us as a team because it keeps a mandatory setting on things, as well as builds chemistry within the team. It’s cool to see people come and support not only the blood drive but the team as well,” said freshman Jack Connelly.
The blood drive has been a tradition within the club organization for about 25 years.
“It is important for our team to do something to give back as an organization on campus and every year it stands as an important event that we put a high priority on. It is a high trafficked event due to the large amount of people coming in and out to give blood,” said junior Michael Vozzella.
The event is sponsored by the American Red Cross and is set up to bring the community together for a common goal, which is to donate blood to save lives.
The X-Men take pride in not only hosting and working the event, but also participating in giving blood.
“It’s a good way to help out the school, it shows that we mean more than ourselves in a way. We always try to find different ways to give back,” said sophomore Anthony Sarno. “Although I did not participate in this specific one, I do donate blood for my fire department back home so I have experience with an event like this.”
According to the team, the event was a huge success in the sense that they had a mix of people show up to donate and that it ran smoothly.
“We always have a very good turnout, around 100-150 people per event between students, faculty, and locals. The team itself is there for a couple hours and throughout the day people come in and out to support the event,” said D’Angelo.
According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds someone in America needs blood.
“I was nervous at first to give blood due to it being my first time, but the red cross nurses made me comfortable knowing that my actions would help benefit the lives of others,” said sophomore Brad Cingolani.