17th Annual Michigan State - Penn State Blood Challenge

October 29, 2010

Spartan Fans Rally to Save Lives


East Lansing, MI – It’s that time of year again when the American Red Cross encourages Michigan State University students, staff, alumni and fans to show their Spartan pride by rolling up their sleeves to save lives during the 17th Annual MSU-PSU Blood Challenge November 1 – 18. 

MSU has only won five times in the challenge’s history, and Penn State has taken the Blood Challenge trophy for the past four consecutive years. 

“This year we are getting the local businesses more involved to help drum up enthusiasm for this year’s challenge,” said Sharon Jaksa, CEO of the American Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region. “With our football team excelling, we hope to see more Spartan fans show their pride by making an appointment to donate blood.”

The winner will be announced at the November 27 game, when the Spartans take on the Nittany Lions at Penn State.  The official challenge trophy will be presented after the game. 

The 2010 MSU-PSU Blood Challenge kicks off this year at 11 a.m., Monday, Nov. 1 atBuffalo Wild Wings in East Lansing (360 Albert Ave.).  A few of the scheduled speakers at the event include: Sharon Jaksa, CEO of the American Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region; Mayor Vic Loomis, City of East Lansing; Peter Eichler, Douglas J Salons; Robin Matheson, Booking Manager, MSU Campus Living Services.  

Many local businesses have partnered with the Red Cross for this year’s event, offering every presenting donor special incentives to come out to donate.

“We are proud of to support the American Red Cross,” said Jennifer Chopp, Community Relationship Program Lead for Best Buy Michigan Market, “and we hope we can help bring home a win for this year’s challenge.” 


All presenting donors will be entered for a chance to win:

Grand Prize

  • Two (2) service packages from Douglas J Salon, a personal tailgate party for eight (8) from Buffalo Wild Wings the weekend of the game, and a night’s stay at the Marriott

Additional Prizes

  • $250 gift certificate to Eastwood Towne Center
  • A gift certificate to Ned’s Bookstore
  • An Ipod from Best Buy

Donors during the challenge will also receive a Red Cross t-shirt and pizza from Cottage Inn.


To learn more about the MSU-PSU Blood Challenge blood drives and events, or to make an appointment to donate, call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code: MSU.


About the American Red Cross

The Great Lakes Region serves 65 counties, and needs to collect about 700 units of blood a day to meet patient needs in hospitals across the state.  In addition to providing blood to our community, the American Red Cross also provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.