Ohio State taking on Michigan off the field in 37th Annual Blood Battle

    FILE - 36th Annual Blood Battle on November 24, 2017. (WSYX/WTTE)

    The Ohio State University is taking on University of Michigan off the field in the 37th Annual Blood Battle.

    The American Red Cross has invited the community to roll up a sleeve and give blood.

    The battle, which kicked off Monday, runs through Nov. 21, ahead of the big game against that team up north.

    “Ohio State won the Blood Battle last year by just 53 donations,” said Annette Titus, recruitment account manager for the Red Cross. “We are eager to defeat Michigan and keep the trophy in Ohio again this year.” So far Ohio State has won 15 Blood Battles, and Michigan has won 20, with one year resulting in a tie. Blood Battle blood drives generate thousands of blood donations through the Red Cross every year to help hospital patients.

    All Ohioans need to do to participate is donate at any Red Cross blood drive in Central Ohio and cast a vote for Ohio State. The Red Cross says donors will receive a chance to win a pair of tickets to the big game Nov. 24 at Ohio Stadium.

    Those who give blood on campus at Ohio State will also receive a Red Cross Blood Battle T-shirt and coupon from Blaze Pizza, while supplies last.

    A special Blood Battle kick-off event will be held on campus at the Ohio Student Union Thursday, Nov. 1 from 2-6 p.m. The event will feature food, games, activities and opportunities to register to donate blood during the battle.

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