06/18/2014 8:13 AM -

JACKSONVILLE – The Jacksonville Sharks announced Wednesday that the team has partnered with The Blood Alliance to hold a “Get Bit” Blood Drive on Thursday, June 26. The drive will be held at Sea Best Field inside the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

“We’re excited to continue our long-standing partnership with The Blood Alliance with this year’s day long blood drive,” Sharks Managing Partner Jeff Bouchy said. “This is a great opportunity for our organization and our fans to “Bleed With Your Team” to help The Blood Alliance save lives.”

“As the only provider of blood to all Northeast Florida hospitals, we depend on our community for their lifesaving blood to help local area patients,” said Odette Struys, Spokesperson for The Blood Alliance. “Our partnership with the Sharks is a symbiotic one -- they bite their fans (with exciting arena football), we collect the blood!”

All fans that donate during the blood drive will receive a t-shirt and be entered into random drawings for a selection of great Sharks prizes, including a replica helmet, a customized jersey and owner’s seat tickets to an upcoming game. Sharks players and Attack Dancers will be on hand during the drive as well.

Those participating in the blood drive will be able to enter the arena through the Duval Street Entrance. Fans can make their appointments to bleed for the Sharks by visiting:!

About the Jacksonville Sharks

The Jacksonville Sharks are members of the Arena Football League (AFL). The ArenaBowl XXIV and four-time South Division Champions are presented by Sea Best Seafood and play all home games on Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Season Tickets for the 2015 season are now available, two tickets for as low as $99. To purchase your season tickets or for more information, please call (904) 621-0700. Follow the Sharks on facebook at and on Twitter @jaxsharks, as well as the Attack Dance Team at and Chum at

About The Blood Alliance

The Blood Alliance (TBA) provides blood to more than 30 hospitals and medical facilities in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. It provides a safe and adequate blood supply to the regions it serves and is a member of America’s Blood Centers – a national network of independent community blood centers responsible for nearly half of the nation’s blood supply. TBA has been enriching lives since 1942 and is a non-profit community blood center, licensed by the FDA and accredited by the AABB. For more information please visit: or call: 888.99.TBA.HERO (888-998-2243).

About the AFL

Since its inception in 1987, the Arena Football League has showcased a fast-paced and exciting game to millions of fans in a myriad of markets across the country. The ESPN family of networks and CBS Sports Network will nationally broadcast AFL games each week for the entire season. The AFL schedule then culminates with the ArenaBowl Championship game live on ESPN.