Event on Thursday, April 28 honors National Donate Life Month
NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 25, 2016– Coffee County Central High School’s softball teams will hold the first ever “Green Out” games to raise awareness for organ and tissue donation on Thursday, April 28, at Terry Floyd Field in Manchester. The event supports National Donate Life Month, an annual observance in April.
Both the JV and Varsity teams will play against Oakland High School. The CCHS girls will be wearing custom green uniforms donated by John Roberts Nissan/ John Roberts Toyota in an effort to raise awareness for this important cause.
“We extend heartfelt thanks to Central High for this awesome show of support,” said Jill Grandas, Interim Executive Director, Tennessee Donor Services. “Raising awareness of organ and tissue donation can make a huge difference in the lives of those waiting for transplants. We appreciate the teams’ efforts very much.”
Just before the varsity game at 6:30 p.m., a small group of local transplant recipients will take the field to be recognized by the crowd. Donate Life Tennessee will have a large presence at the event and Donate Life Ambassadors will hand out giveaways to those in attendance. In addition, the Donate Life Flag will fly over the games.
The need for organ and tissue donors is great, with more than 2,800 Tennesseans and nearly 121,000 people nationally waiting for a life-saving transplant. Unfortunately, the number of people in need continues to outpace the number of donors and, on average, 22 people die every day in the U.S. while waiting.
To register to be a donor, simply check “yes” when applying for or renewing a driver’s license. It’s not necessary to wait until it’s time to renew; Tennesseans can also go online to www.donatelifetn.org to sign up, document their decision and/or specify their gifts. For more information, call 1-877-552-5050.
Donate Life Tennessee is the state-authorized nonprofit organization responsible for managing the Organ and Tissue Donor Registry. Our mission is to save lives by inspiring people to sign up with the state organ, eye and tissue donor registry. Our vision is that one day all Tennesseans will embrace organ and tissue donation as their personal responsibility.