Big Ten Schools Donate 2,716 Pints of Blood through the American Red Cross Border Challenge

April 6, 2012

Results are in for the 2012 American Red Cross Border Challenge. Six universities in the Big Ten Conference competed against their neighboring state’s university by encouraging students, staff, faculty and alumni to give blood on behalf of their school. In total, 2,716 pints of blood were donated through the Red Cross to help patients in need!

Wisconsin Badgers and Iowa Hawkeyes stepped up to contribute 1,249 pints to the cause, winning bragging rights in their Border Challenge and helping patients in need of lifesaving blood products. The real winners of this friendly competition are patients across the United States who could benefit from the generosity of Big Ten fans. The American Red Cross would like to thank the many blood donors and blood drive sponsors who participated in the 2012 Border Challenge.

Winners of the 2012 Border Challenge

University of Minnesota vs. University of Wisconsin - Wisconsin

University of Iowa vs. University of Nebraska - Iowa

University of Illinois vs. Indiana University - Illinois

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. 

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at