Upstate Giving, Nov. 16 – GSA Business

Joe Erwin, chairman and principal owner of the Greenville Triumph, encourages donors to come to Fluor Field Friday for a blood and plasma drive. (Photo/Molly Hulsey) Greenville teams raise awareness for plasma drive

As COVID-19 cuts into sports seasons and tickets sales, business leaders of Greenville’s professional baseball, hockey and soccer teams met last week to raise awareness for “Unite to Fight,” a plasma donation drive scheduled for Nov. 20 at Fluor Field from 11 p.m. to 4 p.m.

“If you have had COVID-19, your plasma can give you superpowers,” said Joe Erwin, chairman and principal owner of the Greenville Triumph and co-founder of EP & Co. “But if you donate plasma, then that plasma can treat people who have COVID-19 and can help them get better and recover as you do. And if you have blood to give, as we all do, then show up here this Friday … this is something we all can do.” 

Erwin said the team knew firsthand about the potential of plasma treatment after someone in the Triumph’s “soccer family” recovered from a near-death experience with COVID-19 after three months in a hospital.

Erwin was joined by Todd Mackin, president of Spire Hockey’s Greenville Swamp Rabbits, Jeff Brown, vice president of marketing for the Greenville Drive and Delisa English, CEO of The Blood Connection.

“We are going to rise up. We are going to drive hard. We are going to triumph over this,” English said at the event.

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