Ohio State vs University of Michigan Blood Battle 2017

October 30, 2017
Buckeyes seek to reclaim trophy in 36th annual
Ohio State vs. University of Michigan Blood Battle
Annual competition between schools generates thousands of blood donations

Ohio State University has won the 36th Blood Battle

over Michigan by 53 donations!

FINAL Score:
Updated 11/24/17.  
-   Ohio State: 2,321
-   Michigan:  2,268
You can view the history of Blood Battle winners HERE.
Buckeyes take trophy back from Wolverines: 
The Ohio State University has won the 2017 American Red Cross Blood Battle against the University of Michigan, taking back the trophy after losing to Michigan last year. Ohio State won the battle in three of the past five years. In the 36 years of the battle, Michigan has won 20 times, Ohio State has won 15 times, and one year resulted in a tie. This year’s battle ran Oct. 30 through Nov. 22.
Ohio State overcame the Wolverines by a margin of only 53 donations in this annual competition to see who can bring in the most blood donations in the weeks leading up to the big game between the two football archrivals. The final score left OSU with 2,321 while Michigan had 2,268.  Each year, the winner is announced in the stadium and the trophy presented to the winning school during the anticipated game.
“Buckeye fans came through to help hospital patients and showed they bleed scarlet and gray to beat Michigan,” said Rodney Wilson, communications manager for the Red Cross Central Ohio Blood Services Region.
Together, the two schools collected nearly 4,600 pints of blood during the competition, which will be vitally important for patient care during the holiday period when donations often decline.  For more on the history of the Blood Battle: http://www.redcrossblood.org/info/centralohio/ohio-state-vs-michigan-blood-battle-1982.
Those who came to donate in Central Ohio during the battle could enter to win two tickets to the Ohio State vs. Michigan football game on Nov. 25 in Ann Arbor. The winner drawn was blood donor Jill Mayhill of Delaware, who donated Nov. 14 at Nationwide in Grandview. This was her fourth donation. “When I got the message I won, I was shocked,” she said. She and her husband are excited to cheer on the Buckeyes in person at the big game.
Competition supports season needs: Since 1982, the Ohio State vs. Michigan Blood Battle has provided vital support for the Red Cross blood donation program during a critical time of year. As the busy winter holiday season approaches, the donations made during Blood Battle help the Red Cross be prepared to support the needs of the hundreds of hospital patients who need blood every day. The blood donated in Central Ohio will help support patients at 41 area hospitals. 
The Red Cross reminds those who missed donating during Blood Battle that their gift of life is still needed. Every two seconds someone needs a blood transfusion. To find a blood drive near you, visit redcrossblood.org, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).  
Kick-Off News Release:
Oct. 30, 2017
The community is invited to roll up a sleeve and give blood with the American Red Cross during the 36th annual Blood Battle between The Ohio State University and the University of Michigan Oct. 30-Nov. 22.
During the Blood Battle, the archrivals will partner with the Red Cross to see which university’s supporters can bring in the most blood donations. Blood Battle has highlighted the first weeks of November leading up to the day the schools face off on the football field every year since 1981.
“Ohio State lost the Blood Battle last year by just eight donations,” said Annette Titus, recruitment account manager for the Red Cross. “We are eager to take the trophy back from Michigan this year.” So far Ohio State has won 14 Blood Battles, and Michigan has won 20, with one year resulting in a tie. Blood Battle drives generate thousands of blood donations through the Red Cross every year to help local hospital patients. This year each school seeks a goal of 2,500 donations, for a total of 5,000 blood donations combined.
“The competition really motivates fans to donate blood at a key time,” said Rodney Wilson, communications manager for the Red Cross Blood Services. “It provides an important boost for the blood supply as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches. During the busy holiday season it’s important to not forget the constant need for blood donors.”
Those who come to donate at any blood drive in the Central Ohio Region during Blood Battle can vote for their school and enter to win a pair of tickets to the Ohio State vs. Michigan game on Nov. 25 in Ann Arbor. Those who give blood on campus at Ohio State will also receive a Blood Battle T-shirt, while supplies last.
“The real winners of Blood Battle are always the patients who rely on potentially lifesaving blood transfusions to help them through injury and illness,” Wilson said.
Results of this year’s Blood Battle will be announced at the University of Michigan during the Nov. 25 game in Ann Arbor. Once the Battle begins, the score will be available online at redcrossblood.org/centralohio.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.
Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
Volunteers needed
Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross is to become a volunteer transportation specialist and deliver lifesaving blood products to local area hospitals. Volunteer transportation specialists play a very important role in ensuring an ample blood supply for patients in need by transporting blood and blood products. For more information and to apply for a volunteer transportation specialist position, visit rdcrss.org/driver.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 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 redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.