Reads "BLEEDING BLUE SINCE '82" in blue embossed lettering. 100% silicone. One bracelet per order.
Blood Drives United (BDU), sponsored by the community service organization Alpha Phi Omega (APO), is a student-run volunteer organization dedicated to the promotion, organization, and staffing of campuswide blood drives. BDU empowers students, staff, faculty, and community members to make a difference in a local and international public health crisis.
In 1966, the students of Alpha Phi Omega sponsored and hosted the first blood drives on the Michigan campus. There were two days of drives in the Michigan Union Ballroom, and 472 students donated blood. The drives expanded so much that in 1982 the organizers simultaneously took advantage of their success and the rivalry with the Buckeyes to hold the first Blood Battle. The University of Michigan won, and a tradition was born.
This November marks the 31st annual Blood Battle between the University of Michigan and Ohio State University. This competition is sponsored by the American Red Cross and Blood Drives United, a university-supported service organization. The competition extends the athletic rivalry beyond the gridiron as students, staff, and community members donate blood to save lives. In the weeks leading up to the football game between the two universities blood drives will be held at various locations across the U of M campus in an effort to collect more pints of blood than Ohio State.
How to Support
Give Blood at a APO Blood Drive! On top of giving your blood, you can also support the American Red Cross and the Blood Battle by purchasing a "Bleeding Blue since '82" wrist bracelet at any UGP location.