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December 09, 2023

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MTSU vs. WKU Blood Drive Set Sept. 25-27

During the three-day blood drive, the archrivals will each host their own blood drives to see which university’s supporters can bring in the most blood donations.

The Middle Tennessee State University Blue Raiders and the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers are teaming up with the American Red Cross and taking their rivalry off field to help save lives and earn top bragging rights in the MTSU vs. WKU 100 Miles of Hope Blood Drive from Sept. 25 through Sept. 27 at MTSU and WKU.

Race to give this September and get a coupon for free haircut by email, thanks to Sport Clips Haircuts and a chance to win a trip for two and VIP NASCAR experience to the 2024 NASCAR Cup Series & Xfinity Races at Darlington Raceway. Donors will also receive a $20 Amazon eGift Card and a collectible custom designed T-shirt. Terms: rcblood.org/win.

During the three-day blood drive, the archrivals will each host their own blood drives to see which university’s supporters can bring in the most blood donations. The university with the most units collected will be presented with the blood drive trophy at either a WKU football game or at a MTSU football game. In 2022, MTSU took home the coveted award.

“The annual Blood Battle between WKU and MTSU has become a wonderful historical feud which evokes strong school spirit and pride from fans on both sides,” said Clif Redish, district manager for donor recruitment with the American Red Cross Tennessee Valley. “We are currently experiencing a blood donation shortage in our region and this is a great way for fans to truly show their school spirit while helping the Red Cross save lives with blood donation.”

Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood. This drive comes as the Red Cross is experiencing a shortage of blood donation for all blood types to be a lifeline for patients in need this fall. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may need blood products.

Those with types O, A negative and B negative blood are encouraged to make a Power Red donation. Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact. During this type of donation, red blood cells are separated from other blood components, and the plasma and platelets are safely and comfortably returned to the donor.

MTSU Blood Drive Dates:

  • Monday, Sept. 25 | 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 26 | 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 27  | 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Location on MTSU Campus: In the Rec Center at 1848 Blue Raider Drive (Murfreesboro, TN 37132)

To schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: MTSU or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Walk-ins welcome

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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.