April 21, 2022

DAYTON, Ohio - Community Blood Center is calling on the community to "Step Up to the Plate" by giving blood this summer and to "Hit a Double" by donating twice.

CBC needs donors during the challenging summer months. CBC is partnering with the Dayton Dragons for the May 2 through Aug. 27 "Step Up to the Plate and Hit a Double" summer blood drive campaign.

The goal is to invite first-time donors, remind everyone to give blood despite vacation travel and other summer distractions, and to encourage donors when eligible to donate again.

The "Step Up to the Plate" baseball t-shirt is the first donor gift of the campaign. It's free when you register to donate with CBC May 2 through July 2.  Make an appointment at or call (937) 461-3220.

CBC is throwing out the first pitch of the summer campaign with a Dragons ticket giveaway. Register to donate May 2 through May 7 at any CBC mobile blood drive or the Dayton CBC and you'll be automatically entered in the drawing to win four tickets to the May 19 Dragons game against the Quad Cities River Bandits at Day Air Ballpark.

Donate any time during the summer campaign at any CBC blood drive or the CBC Donor Center and you will be automatically entered in the "Step Up to the Plate and Hit a Double" grand prize drawing.

One lucky donor will win four tickets to the Sept. 3 Cincinnati Reds game against the Colorado Rockies at Great American Ball Park and the Cole Swindell concert immediately after the game.

This baseball season Dragons fans will learn more about CBC during Dragons game radio broadcasts and telecasts, on social media, in the Playball program and announcements at Day Air Ballpark. Heater will make appearances for CBC and a special guest of CBC will throw out a first pitch.

The Dragons will host CBC blood drives May 27 and July 22 at Day Air Ballpark with free Dragons gear and special CBC gifts for all registered donors.