Spartans Win 20th Annual "MSU-PSU Blood Challenge"

November 22, 2013

East Lansing, MI—November 22—MSU fans and Red Cross supporters showed their true Spartan pride this year by rolling up their sleeves, donating blood and propelling Sparty to victory in the 20th Annual “MSU-PSU Blood Challenge”.






The last time MSU won the challenge was in 2011.  Last year, Sparty was defeated on the final day of the challenge by just 19 units.


“We are thrilled that MSU was able to get back into the win column,” said Todd Kulman, Communications Program Manager for the Great Lakes Region.  “Of course, the real winners are the thousands of people whose lives could be potentially saved thanks to our dedicated blood donors!”


This year’s theme was ‘Celebrating 20 Years of Helping Save Lives’.  Everyone who came out to donate during the three-week challenge had a chance to win one of three (3) Kindle Paperwhite tablets and one of twenty (20) $20 Jimmy John’s gift cards.  .


The American Red Cross would like to thank Michigan State University, Penn State University and our media partners WLNS-TV 6 and WLAJ-TV 53 for their support. 


If you were unable to donate blood during the challenge, there are still many opportunities to donate.  For more information on blood donation or to make an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit




How to Donate Blood

To schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 Great Lakes Blood Services Region serves 65 counties, and needs to collect about 650 units of blood a day to meet patient need in hospitals. In addition to supplying about 40 percent of the nation’s blood, the American Red Cross teaches lifesaving skills, provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization—not a government agency—and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.     10/13AP516