Bradley University and Illinois State University Step Up to Donate Blood for Patients in Need

January 19, 2011

 This winter, the Bradley University – Illinois State University basketball match is moving off of the basketball court and into the community to donate blood. Partnering with the American Red Cross, the goal of the challenge is to have BU - ISU students, staff and faculty together donate blood through the Red Cross during this three-day event.


“We’re excited to be partnering with Bradley and ISU to give hope to patients in need,” said Shelly Heiden, CEO of the Heart of America Red Cross Blood Services region. “The Challenge on 74 allows students to show their school spirit, collaborate with their rival while supporting a great cause.”


The Challenge on 74 is a partnership between Bradley University and ISU and the American Red Cross blood services.  Each school is working with the Red Cross to hold blood drives on its campus on January 25 through 27 and boost blood supplies during the challenging winter months. The blood drives coincide with competitions between both the men’s and women’s basketball teams that take place on each campus on January 25 through 27.  This challenge will help meet patient need across the U.S. during this critical time.


Challenge on I74 Bradley University campus blood drives

Tuesday, January 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Athletic Performance Arena Atrium


Wednesday, January 26 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Markin Center Performance Court


Thursday, January 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Athletic Performance Arena Atrium


Challenge on I74 Illinois State University campus blood drives

Tuesday, January 25 from 11 a.m to 4 p.m.

Redbird Arena Club Room 


Wednesday, January 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bowling & Billiards Activity Room

Bone Student Center


Thursday, January 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Redbird Arena Club Room

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.