United States Mixed Martial Arts (USMMA) of Bellingham (http://www.usmma.org) recently teamed up with the American Red Cross to hold a community Blood Drive at their studio earlier this month. It was well-received by the community and 25 blood donors came in, eight whom were new blood donors to the American Red Cross.
In light of the blood drive’s success, USMMA has announced that they will host quarterly blood drives, run by the American Red Cross, at their studio at 316 Hartford Ave. The next blood drive will be held on September 3, 2009.
As a “thank you” to donors from the recent blood drive, USMMA offered one free week of Martial Arts or one free yoga class. Donors also received a free box of chocolate dipped strawberries from Edible Arrangements and were entered into a drawing for a chance to win two Boston Red Sox Tickets and to be honored on the field as “Blood Donor of the Game”.
“According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood, yet only five percent of the eligible population gives blood. Our community blood drive was a great success. And, since there is a significant and ongoing need for blood, we’ve decided to organize a quarterly blood drive with the Red Cross here at our studio,” explained Tom Hafers, owner of USMMA.
He continued, “We had a lot of positive feedback from those who donated. Whole blood donors are eligible to give blood every eight weeks and a number of donors expressed their interest in doing so.”
For more information or to sign up to donate at the next Blood Drive, which will be held September 3rd, contact USMMA at 508-966-5006.
USMMA focuses on elevating the physical and spiritual well being of students through Mixed Martial Arts and Yoga. Classes offered include Strength & Conditioning; Brazilian Jiu Jitsu; Thai Boxing; Cardio Thai Boxing; Wrestling; Cardio and Open Mat; Kids Mixed Martial Arts; Pilates; Power Yoga and Deep Flow Yoga.
USMMA’s state of the art, 4,000 square foot training facility is complete with a 2,000 square foot padded MMA training floor equipped with heavy bags and conditioning equipment, a 1,500 square foot yoga studio, locker rooms, showers and a juice bar. USMMA is located at 316 Hartford Avenue in Bellingham. For more information, call 508-966-5006 or visit their website at www.usmma.org.