American Red Cross Big Ten Challenge Kicks Off

January 23, 2011

The Big Ten schools enjoy friendly rivalries and competing on the playing field, but they share a common cause. They all are helping save lives in the second annual American Red Cross Big Ten Challenge. Partnering with the American Red Cross and the Big Ten Network, the goal of the challenge is to have Big Ten students, staff, faculty and alumni donate a collective 8,300 pints of blood through the Red Cross during the six-week event.


“Our partnership with the Big Ten universities and the Big Ten Network will help many patients in need across the country,” said Shelly Heiden, CEO of the Heart of America Red Cross Blood Services Region. “The Big Ten Challenge is a chance for students to show their school spirit while supporting a great cause.”


The Big Ten Challenge is a national partnership between schools in the Big Ten Conference and the American Red Cross Blood Services. Each of the 11 schools is working with their local Red Cross to set up blood drives from January 18 through February 25. The goal is to help boost blood supplies during challenging winter months, when inclement weather and cold and flu season traditionally impact donors’ availability to give.


“This blood drive challenge fosters the Big Ten’s tradition of dedication, commitment and community and gives alumni and fans a special opportunity to use their passion for the greater good,” said Big Ten Network President Mark Silverman. “We’re proud to be a part of it.”


Upcoming Big Ten Challenge Blood Donation Opportunities

Northwestern University

Friday, January 28, Red Cross Club, 11 am- 5 pm, Northwestern University Sports Pavillion and Aquatics Center, 2311 N. Campus Dr., Evanston


Universityof IllinoisChampaign/Urbana

Friday, January 28, U of I BIG TEN (Illini Pride), 9:00 am- 3:00 pm, Wesley Church & Foundation Great Hall, 1203 W. Green St, Urbana,

Tuesday, February 1, U of I Theta Xi, 12:00 pm- 4:00 pm, Theta Xi House – Lounges, 205 E. Armory, Champaign

Wednesday, February 2, U of I FarmHouse, 11:00 am- 3:00 pm, McKinley Foundation Lounge, 809 S. 5th St, Champaign

Friday, February 4,U of I American Medical Student Association, 10:45 pm- 2:45 pm,Wesley Church & Foundation Great Hall, 1203 W. Green St, Urbana

Friday, February 4,Champaign/Urbana U of I Kappa Delta Rho, 12:00 pm- 5:00 pm, Kappa Delta Rho House – Lounges,      1110 S. 2nd St, Champaign

Saturday, February 5,U of I Illini Secular Student Association, 11:00 am- 3:00 pm, Wesley Church & Foundation Watseka, 1203 W. Green St, Urbana

Monday, February 7,U of I Kappa Alpha Psi, 12:00 pm- 5:00 pm, Florida Residence Hall Trelease Lounge, 1005 W. College Ct, Ubana

Friday, February 11, U of I Illinois Student Senate & Engineering Council, 10:00 am- 3:00 pm, Wesley Church & Foundation Great Hall, 1203 W. Green St, Urbana

Monday, February 14, U of I Campus Recreation, 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm, Recreation Center Wintergarden,201 E. Peabody, Champaign

Tuesday, February 15,U of I Psi Upsilon, 12:00 pm- 4:00 pm,Psi Upsilon Front Hall, 313 E.Armory, Champaign

Wednesday, February 16,U of I Volunteer Illini Project, 11:00 am- 3:00 pm, Illini Union Room 314, 1401 W. Green St, Urbana

Thursday, February 17,U of I Volunteer Illini Project, 11:00 am- 3:00 pm, Illini Union Room 314, 1401 W. Green St, Urbana

Monday, February 21,U of I Campus Recreation, 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm, Recreation Center Wintergarden,201 E. Peabody, Champaign

Friday, February 25,U of I Alpha Chi Rho, 10:30 am- 4:30 pm, Alpha Chi Rho 1st Floor, 311 E. Armory, Champaign

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 (16 with parental permission in some states), 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. 

 About the American Red Cross

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross 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.

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