U of M and OSU face off in 31st Blood Battle

November 1, 2012


Annual competition between universities generates thousands of blood donations

For more than 30 years strong, students and fans of the University of Michigan and Ohio State University have taken their battle off the field to help save lives through their annual Blood Battle. This year is no exception.

From November 1 through 21, the archrivals will partner with the American Red Cross to see which university’s supporters can bring in the most blood donations. Blood Battle has highlighted the first weeks of November leading up to the day the schools face off on the football field every year since 1981.

“Michigan has won the Blood Battle the last four years, and hopes to continue the streak,” said Diane E. Ward, CEO for the Southeastern Michigan Blood Services Region. “Ohio State had taken home the traveling trophy for five consecutive years from 2003 to 2007, and is eager to regain it.”

Blood Battle drives generate thousands of blood donations for the American Red Cross every year.

“The competition really motivates fans to donate blood at a key time,” Ward said. “It provides an important boost for the blood supply as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches. During the busy holiday season it’s important not to forget the constant need for blood donors.”

Results of this year’s Blood Battle will be announced at the Ohio Stadium during the November 24 game in Columbus, Ohio.

“Of course, the real winners of Blood Battle are always the patients who rely on potentially lifesaving blood transfusions to help them through injury and illness,” Ward said.  

Click here to register for a blood battle blood drive