University of Michigan and Ohio State University vie for life-saving honors

November 7, 2013


Annual Blood Battle 2013 Underway

Will the University of Michigan Wolverines or the Ohio State University Buckeyes win this year’s trophy and bragging rights?  The two schools have been sports rivals for years, but since 1981, their battle has spilled from the football field onto the two campuses for their annual Blood Battle to see which university can donate the most blood through the American Red Cross.

This year’s Blood Battle runs through Nov. 27, as students and staff and supporters from both universities come forward and roll up their sleeves. Results of this year’s Blood Battle will be announced Nov. 30 at the Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor during the football match-up between the Wolverines and the Buckeyes.  Since 1981 Michigan has won the Blood Battle 18 times; Ohio State won 12 times; and there was one tie.

 “Michigan had won the Blood Battle trophy and bragging rights four consecutive years until last year, when Ohio State swooped in and took the honors,” said Diane E. Ward, CEO for the Southeastern Michigan Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “U of M supporters hope to bring the win back home this year.

Fans who bleed maize and blue and want to show their spirit by donating blood through the American Red Cross should visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and use sponsor code goblue.  Everyone who comes to donate will receive a free Chipotle buy one-get one coupon, a Red Cross t-shirt, and a Blood Battle wristband. 

 “The real winners are the patients who will benefit from the hundreds of Blood Battle donations,” said Ward.  “With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching it is very important that the community blood supply stays strong.  As holiday preparations fill calendars, it’s easy for donors to forget to make and keep regular appointments to donate. But the need for blood never takes a holiday.”  

Media Contacts: Bridget Tuohey, 313-576-4184  and  Martha Kurtz, 313-494-2745