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Lehigh and Lafayette compete in first Blood Cup Challenge

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Two schools, one epic decades-old rivalry. 

Lafayette College and Lehigh University are used to shedding blood, sweat, and tears on the football field, but Wednesday they wanted to see who could just deliver the most blood literally.

Lehigh and Lafayette are taking their friendly competition to new heights in this year's first ever "Blood Cup" Challenge. Both schools were already planning on holding blood drives Wednesday when they realized that the "Blood Cup" was born.

"Unfortunately we were not successful in the football battle but hopefully we will be successful in the blood drive battle," said Lafayette College blood drive coordinator Amber Zuber.

"Our blood drive fell on the same day as Lafayette's blood drive and we said hey let's extend this rivalry that's already going on," said Lehigh University student coordinator Helen Abebe.

The two will donate every ounce of blood to the Miller Keystone Blood Center impacting lives right here in the Lehigh Valley.

"Outside of the rivalry, it is a bigger thing for the community like I like to stress so to me, getting that trophy is just another added bonus to what you can help other people with," said Lafayette sophomore Ethan Semendinger.

The school that collects the most amount of blood will earn bragging rights and the Blood Cup Trophy. Each campus figures whatever makes people donate, is good enough reason for them.

"To be honest it didn't have much of a factor I mean just being able to provide to other people is the real reason I'm here," said Semendinger.

"If I have it why not give it to someone who needs it," said Lehigh sophomore Rebecca Nicholas.

Both Lafayette and Lehigh were on pace to set new records for a day-long blood drive. They have the devoted faculty and students to thank for that.

"Even though it is a competition we are seeing higher numbers than we ever have here and I'm sure the same is happening over there and that's what's awesome because the community is really going to benefit from it," said Abebe.

The real winners today were local hospitals. Miller-Keystone says donations tend to drop this time of year but the need certainly does not.

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