WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team partnered with Be The Match to host its first annual “Get In The Game, Save A Life" (GITG) bone marrow registry drive on Wednesday. In just five hours, the Hoyas blew past their goal, registering 263 potential donors, many of which were Georgetown student-athletes and coaches, to the national bone marrow registry.
“The entire Georgetown community truly stepped up on Wednesday,” Georgetown Defensive Coordinator Kevin Doherty said. “Quite honestly, I was amazed at the effort and enthusiasm that our players and staff put into the day and at the same time so grateful for the support all our athletic coaches, administrators and athletes demonstrated. Our first-year goal was to register 200, but to hit 263 and run out of applications as the doors were closing was better than we could have expected.”
Since 2008, GITG registry drives have been responsible for adding more than 71,000 potential donors. More importantly, there have been almost 306 transplants that have occurred with GITG donors. In addition to the efforts made with the GITG program, the foundation also spends time hosting fundraising events to help support the expense of registering approximately 10,000 new donors each year.
“It was great to see how the campus showed out for a great cause,” said junior offensive lineman Matthew Houpert (West Hartford, Conn./William H. Hall). “Even though the chances of being a match are slim, finding a match on the registry can save a life. We ended up having 263 people sign up in the drive’s first year at Georgetown, which was more than I thought we would get. It’s a serious commitment to be on the registry, but you’re committing to saving a life. Hopefully the program can grow and the next drive adds even more people to this cause.”
“It was an honor to work with the Be The Match team to help register people for the national bone marrow registry,” junior defensive lineman Elijah English (Leesburg, Fla./South Sumter) said. “I started the day by joining my teammates in adding our names to the registry. It’s really a great feeling knowing that you could play such an important role in someone’s life that you have never even met. We had a really good turnout for our first drive and hopefully at least one person who signed up will be a match for someone in need.”