Student-athletes help save lives through collegiate partnership with American Red Cross

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Press release from the American Red Cross:

Student-athletes help save lives through collegiate partnership with American Red Cross

Two students and athletic stand-outs from the University of Saint Francis are among a cadre of student-athletes nationwide participating in a unique leadership program to develop professional skills beyond their competitive experience.

Meghan Prible of the Cougar women’s basketball team and Kevin Dawson of the Cougar men’s basketball team were recently selected to participate in Champions of Character: American Red Cross/NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) Youth Leadership Program. Their participation involves networking and leadership opportunities within the Red Cross blood program.

“We’re privileged to benefit from the valuable contributions these exceptional students can make,” says Sharyn Whitman, CEO of the Indiana-Ohio Region of the American Red Cross. “Their insights are truly remarkable and help strengthen our ability to meet the needs of the patients and communities we serve.”

Activities for students involved in the American Red Cross/NAIA Collegiate Leadership Program include serving on boards and committees, working with professional mentors, and organizing and sponsoring campus and community blood drives. Students may also earn scholarships based on their achievements, and participate in leadership programs at the Red Cross national headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Meghan and Kevin are well-suited for the American Red Cross/NAIA Collegiate Leadership Program. Megan, a Keystone, Indiana native, is pursuing a nursing degree, which she has chosen out of her desire to help others. Kevin, a Fort Wayne native, is studying health and exercise science. He hopes to become a collegiate basketball coach and teach student athletes skills they can use both on the court and in life.

“With the help of exceptional student-athletes like Meghan Prible and Kevin Dawson, we can build that next generation of blood donors, and help ensure that blood is available for patients in need,” says Whitman.

The Champions of Character program will host a blood drive to help meet the needs of hospitals served through the American Red Cross. Please contact your Red Cross today for more information or to make an appointment at 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or

  • Thursday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the University of St. Francis, located at 2702 Spring St. in Fort Wayne. Come to donate and be entered into a drawing to win one of two $50 shopping sprees.


About the NAIA
A leader in the development of student-athletes, the NAIA is committed to changing the culture of sport through Champions of Character. Founded in 1937, the NAIA continues to be a pioneer in implementing exceptional standards for academics, diversity, and character. Today, the NAIA sponsors 23 collegiate championships in 13 sports for its nearly 300 member institutions throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more about the NAIA visit

Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states, including Indiana), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.

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