OSU vs Michigan Blood Battle 2012

October 31, 2012

Ohio State University and University of Michigan

face off in 31st Blood Battle

Annual competition between schools generates thousands of blood donations



Ohio State wins the 2012 Blood Battle! 

For full winner news release CLICK HERE.

Ohio State: 2,364  
Michigan:  2,211

To see the history of winners for Blood Battle since 1982 CLICK HERE

For more than 30 years strong, students and fans of Ohio State University and the University of Michigan have taken their battle off the field to help save lives through their annual Blood Battle. This year is no exception.

From November 1 through 20, the archrivals will partner with the American 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.

“Michigan has won the Blood Battle the last four years, and hopes to continue the streak,” said Rodney Wilson, Communications Manager for the American Red Cross Central Ohio Blood Services Region. “Ohio State had taken home the traveling trophy for five consecutive years from 2003 to 2007, and is eager to regain it.”

Blood Battle drives generate thousands of blood donations for the American Red Cross every year.

“The competition really motivates fans to donate blood at a key time,” Wilson said. “It provides an important boost for the blood supply as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches. During the busy holiday season it’s important not to forget the constant need for blood donors.”


Extra incentive: In addition to the chance to support their favorite team, those who come to donate in the Region during Blood Battle can enter to win a pair of tickets to the Ohio State vs. Michigan game on Nov. 24. You can also receive an “I bleed scarlet and gray” sticker.

Results of this year’s Blood Battle will be announced at the Ohio Stadium during the November 24 game in Columbus, Ohio.

“Of course, 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.

To schedule an appointment to give, please visit redcrossblood.org, sponsor code: Buckeyes or call 1-800-RED CROSS.




How to Donate Blood
To schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.


About the American Red Cross
The Central Ohio Blood Services Region serves 27 counties, and needs 800 blood donors each day to meet patient needs in 42 hospitals.  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. 09/12AP370


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