The University of Michigan competes against the state of Ohio in the 40th annual Blood Battle

ANN ARBOR, MI – The University of Michigan and Blood Drives United are hosting the 40th Annual Blood Battle blood pressure competition against their well-known rival, Ohio State University.

The blood drive will run now through November 24th on the University of Michigan campus at Ann Arbor.

Donating blood is something simple that makes such a big impact, said Molly Oppenheim of Blood Drives United. One blood donation can save up to three lives.

During the major blood collection competition, the two universities will compete to see which school can collect the most blood donations in the community. The goal for each school is 1,500 units.

“It is really amazing how both schools create this huge event that brings everyone together more than divides them,” said Oppenheim. “It’s an incredible event, and even with the ongoing pandemic, we can change people’s lives so much.”

The University of Michigan is trying to collect more pints of blood than the OSU by hosting 32 drives in Ann Arbor – 27 of them on campus. A calendar plan and location information can be found here.

The blood fight competition will run throughout November, until the University of Michigan vs. Ohio State game on November 27th. The last day on which blood will be donated as part of the blood battle is November 24th.

Last year, the University of Michigan won its ninth blood battle in the past 13 years against the state of Ohio with over 500 donations.

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“Blood Battle, especially the Be a Hero promotion, is a great way for members of the Ann Arbor community to connect with students and find their way back to campus,” said Oppenheim. “This year we couldn’t be more excited to be back and personal with our volunteers, fellow students and UM staff, as well as members of the community.”

“Be a Hero at the Big House” returns on Sunday November 21st. This event takes place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1201 Main Street, Michigan Stadium-Jack Roth Suites. Blood donations on that day will be used in the blood slaughter competition against the state of Ohio.

Every donor who makes an appointment receives a Red Cross Blood Battle T-shirt, restaurant vouchers, stickers and takes part in a raffle for gift cards and UM vs. OSU football tickets.

Entertainment, activities, special guests, and snacks are available throughout the day. Parking is free for participants. To sign up for the all-day blood drive, visit here.

Donors participating in the blood battle or Be a Hero promotion are asked to complete the ResponsiBlue screening survey before entering university buildings.

All donors, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask in all buildings on campus.

The American Red Cross COVID-19 vaccine guidelines and protocols can be found here.

To sign up and donate, visit the American Red Cross website. For more information on registration and donation calendar dates, visit


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