NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Less than two weeks after their victory in the Super Bowl, New England Patriot football players Devin and Jason McCourty will return to New Brunswick on Saturday for the annual Tackle Sickle Cell Blood Drive at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.
This is the sixth consecutive year both the players are hosting the fundraising blood drive at the hospital in New Brunswick, the city where they were both standouts for the Rutgers University football team.
"Devin & Jason McCourty’s Tackle Sickle Cell" campaign aims to educate the public, increase blood donations, and raise money and awareness for the fight against sickle cell disease. The drive is conducted in conjunction with the Embrace Kids Foundation, the New Brunswick-based group that aids families of children with cancer, sickle cell disease or other blood disorders.
"We look forward to our annual Tackle Sickle Cell Blood drive every year,” says Jason McCourty. “Blood donations play an integral role in caring for sickle cell patients," he said.
The event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the hospital.
All blood donors will receive a restaurant gift card, a photo signed by the McCourty twins and a Tackle Sickle Cell t-shirt.
Donors must be 17 years old to give blood, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Teenager who are 16 years old can donate with written parental consent and a minimum weight of 120 pounds. A photo ID is required and people are advised to eat a good meal and drink plenty of fluids before arriving.
People can register at www.tacklesicklecell.org/events and click on Blood Drives, or call (732) 235-8100, ext. 221 or ext. 248.
Devin McCourtney, a free safety, and Jason McCourty, who is a cornerback, played with the Patriots in their 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams on Feb. 3 in Superbowl LIII.