OU football legends to help Red Cross kick off Heismans to the Rescue campaign

July 18, 2012

Tulsa, Okla. — This year marks the fifth time University of Oklahoma Heisman Trophy winners Steve Owens, Billy Sims and Jason White have partnered with the American Red Cross to help save lives. On Aug. 1 and 2, a kickoff event for the annual blood donation campaign Heismans to the Rescue will be at the Tulsa-area donation center, 10151 E. 11th St., and Owens, Sims and White will be there to cheer on donors.

Summer is the most difficult time of year to collect blood, with schools out and regular donors on vacation. The Red Cross continues to have an emergency need for donors of every blood type. Public support from the organization’s late-June appeal helped temporarily stop a decline in the blood supply. The midweek Fourth of July and extreme summer weather, however, have contributed to a decrease in donations lately. The Heisman heroes are proven winners on the football field, but as they’ve done before, they are proving to be winners off the field as well.

“As we’ve done for the past few years, Billy, Jason and I are helping the Red Cross bring attention to the need for blood,” said Steve Owens, the 1969 Heisman winner and Norman businessman. “What a great opportunity to make a difference and remember donating blood just takes an hour of your time. It will make you a hero to me and to those your donation impacts.”

Those who present to donate during the kickoff will be automatically entered to win prizes, including several autographed footballs. Prize winners will be announced the second day of the kickoff. Throughout the Heismans to the Rescue campaign, which will run through Sept. 30, those who present to donate will receive a commemorative T-shirt. Make an appointment to donate during the campaign online or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.