Big Ten Schools Donate 8,056 Pints of Blood through the American Red Cross during the 2011 Big Ten Challenge

March 23, 2011

Results are in for the 2011 American Red Cross Big Ten Challenge. Students, staff, faculty and alumni of the Big Ten universities came together to donate 8,056 pints of blood and help patients in need!

Several schools won bragging rights in different categories, including Northwestern University ranking first in the category of goal achievement with a score of 104.60 percent.  This award is determined by the school blood drive goal and actual number of pints donated. Northwestern University fans stepped up to contribute 91 pints to the cause, showing that they were willing to bleed purple and white to help those in need. Fighting Illini fans contributed 455 pints at 15 blood drives, showing that they were willing to bleed orange and blue to help patients in need. Of course, the real winners of this friendly competition are patients across the United States who could benefit from the generosity of Big Ten fans.

The American Red Cross would like to thank the many blood donors and blood drive sponsors who participated in the 2011 Big Ten Challenge. A special thank-you goes out to the Big Ten Network for helping promote the second annual challenge.

Overall Rankings for the Big Ten Blood Drive Challenge

  1. Universityof Michigan
  2. MichiganState University
  3. OhioState University
  4. PennState University
  5. Universityof Wisconsin
  6. PurdueUniversity
  7. Northwestern University
  8. IndianaUniversity
  9. Universityof Illinois
  10. Universityof Iowa
  11. Universityof Minnesota

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.