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former Buckeye great and two-time Heisman Trophy winner, Archie Griffin

Archie Griffin Joins 38th Annual Blood Battle Kickoff

Columbus – October 10, 2019

Football legend will cheer on blood donors and sign T-shirts October 31st!

It’s time to roll up your sleeves and show what colors you bleed! Versiti Blood Center of Ohio, the blood provider to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, is excited to announce that the Buckeye player who never lost to Michigan will help kick off the 38th Annual Blood Battle with a clear intent to defeat “The Team up North.”  

A blood donor himself, former Buckeye great and two-time Heisman Trophy winner, Archie Griffin, will cheer on blood donors at the Blood Battle kickoff blood drive scheduled for Thurs., Oct. 31, at the Ohio Union from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Archie will be available from 12:30pm to 1:30pm to greet donors and sign commemorative Blood Battle T-shirts.

Griffin joins former Buckeye Chris “Beanie” Wells who will also be on hand to  support blood donors and sign Blood Battle T-shirts from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. In 2018, more than 4,500 blood donations were collected between the two schools during the competition. Last year, “The Team up North” won by a narrow margin, but the OSU community contributed 2,176 lifesaving donations.

There will be many campus Blood Battle drives during the month of November. Visit Versiti.org/bloodbattle for a complete listing and to schedule an appointment. Or call 1-800-485-6594 to schedule an appointment.

To track daily Blood Battle progress, visit versiti.org/bloodbattle or @BloodCenterOh.

To learn more about Versiti, a national leader in blood health innovation, visit versiti.org.

Oct. 31 media interview opportunities:

  • 11:00am to 1:00pm, Beanie Wells
  • 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Archie Griffin
  • All day, Elise Gramlich, president of the Buckeye Blood Club and OSU student
  • All day,

Other video opportunities: Brutus Buckeye will be the first “donor” at 11:00am.


About Versiti

Versiti, a national leader in blood health innovation, was formed with the mission to improve the health of patients and enable the success of our health care partners nationally. We provide innovative, value added solutions in the fields of transfusion medicine, transplantation, and blood-related diseases to meet the needs of each of our customers. The collective efforts across Versiti result in improved patient outcomes, expanded access to care and cost efficiencies for health care systems nationwide. For more information, visit www.versiti.org.

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