November is already almost within arm’s reach and both Oregon football programs remain undefeated. National Title implications will likely be on the line this year if the Ducks and Beavers can win-out the remainder of their schedule, leading up to the always eventful Civil War. The rivalry is one of the oldest in college football, so why not use this long-standing rivalry for an opportunity to do some good? Despite the obvious “good” noted by the coverage for the school and the entertainment for the fans, a newer tradition is here to stay for these schools, blood donation.
The Civil War Blood Drive is kicking off its eleventh year of holding true to the competitive spirit, while attaining blood for those in need. Both Oregon and Oregon State are participating in the drive, happening from November 1 through the 17th. All participants in the drive are able to vote for their school, all leading up to the announcement of the winning university at halftime of the Civil War.
The event has brought in nearly 67,000 donors in its 11-year run and this year the hope is to improve on last years’ 6,586 fans presenting to give. There will be a Civil War Blood Drive kickoff event on November 1 from 9-10 A.M. at the Portland Red Cross, located in Portland at 3131 N Vancouver Avenue. Mascots, free food and drinks, prize giveaways and the revealing of the Civil War themed bloodmobile will all be part of the event. Fun, food, and festivities, all in the good nature of competition, but the contributions from fans of both teams make a lifesaving difference.