Penn State wins the 19th PSU - Michigan State Blood Donor Challenge

November 16, 2012

After trailing Michigan State since Day 1, Penn State came roaring back on November 15 with 339 blood donations given at the Hetzel Union Building, University Park Campus, to win the 19th annual Penn State-Michigan State Blood Donor Challenge.

This year's final score was Penn State, 1810, and Michigan State, 1789. This year's victory marks Penn State's thirteenth in the rivalry. No matter the score, area patients are the big winners since the Challenge helps to boost blood supplies before the holiday season.

The theme of this year's friendly rivalry, which began October 29 and ended November 15, was You are Destined to Do Great Things...Donate Blood. The two schools compete for the largest number of blood donations at campus drives during the three-week span.  

We thank everyone who came to donate blood or helped to promote the challenge. A special thank you to all of our financial or in-kind sponsors who made this all possible:

  • Alpha Epsilon Delta
  • Association of Residence Hall Students
  • Graduate Student Association
  • Interfraternity Council
  • McDonalds
  • Panhellenic Council
  • Penn State Book Store
  • Penn State Food Services
  • Sheetz
  • Student Book Store
  • University Park Allocation Committee

The challenge within the Challenge is the Alpha Epsilon Delta Blood Cup, sponsored by Penn State’s premedical honors fraternity. This competition among Penn State student organizations is designed to encourage student donations for the Challenge. Organizations compete in one of three divisions: small group (fewer than 50 members), large group (50 members or more), or the social Greek group. The group in each category with the highest percentage of its membership successfully donating in relation to the number of students in the organization will be awarded the traveling Blood Cup trophy. 

Everyone who came to donate blood during the Challenge received a 2012 Blood Donor Challenge t-shirt and a coupon packet from local businesses, while supplies lasted.