June 26, 2014
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Head football coach Andy Talley has been involved with the National Marrow Donor Program for the past 22 years and during the 2012-13 academic campaign Talley continued to have a great deal of success with the registry drives that he organizes at Villanova and on college campuses nationwide. Over the past year Talley received commitments from 38 college football program that participated in his Get in the Game and Save a Life campaign to add potential donors to the Be the Match national registry.
The annual registry drive organized on campus by the Wildcats football team was once again among the largest of the annual Get in the Game and Save a Life campaign. Villanova held its registry drive at the Connelly Center in April and had an impressive showing that resulted in 580 people being tested and added to the national registry. Over the past five years Villanova has attracted more than 3,000 potential donors to its registry drives to push the total number of new registry members Talley is responsible for to over 30,000 since 1992.
Each of the other schools that took part in Talley's annual campaign held similar testing drives on their campus. As a group the 38 schools that took part in the campaign tested more than 9,300 potential new donors. The group of participating schools included fellow CAA Football programs Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and William & Mary. Talley also received commitments from a number of local teams, including Penn, Rowan, Temple, Ursinus and West Chester. On the national scene the 2012-13 campaign again included FBS programs Miami (Fla.), Minnesota and Virginia. Since 2011, the group of schools that have taken part in the Get in the Game and Save a Life campaign have combined to register 45,000 potential donors and had 271 matches identified.
For more information on the bone marrow testing program, contact the Villanova football office at 610-519-4105.
SCHOOLS PARTICIPATING IN THE GET IN THE GAME AND SAVE A LIFE CAMPAIGN: