The 20th Annual “Dover vs. New Philadelphia Blood Battle” will be waged on Thursday (Oct. 26) at the Tuscarawas County YMCA at Dover.
Donation hours are noon to 7 p.m. and no appointment is necessary. However, LifeShare Community Blood Services, which manages blood donation programs in the Tuscarawas Valley, offers online appointments for donor convenience for the Blood Battle event at: https://www.lifesharedonor.org/index.cfm?group=op&expand=47124&zc=44622
Last year, fans of the Tornadoes and Quakers came up with a tie – both “teams” registered 43 units of blood donated, for a total of 86 units. Dover leads the overall “series” in the Blood Battle with 10 victories compared to eight for New Phila, and the one tie from 2016.
“In this game a tie is OK since the real winners of the Blood Battle are the patients of Union Hospital who depend on blood donations,” said Darrin Lautenschleger, Director of Community Relations for Union Hospital. “This annual tradition is another positive way to participate in what is one of the oldest high school football rivalries in the state of Ohio.
“Even more importantly, each single blood donation has the power to save up to three lives.”
Residents of both communities, team boosters, students, parents and faculty are invited to donate blood for either the Tornadoes or the Quakers. The event is hosted by LifeShare, which provides blood to Union Hospital.
All donors will receive a free T-shirt.
The winner of the Blood Battle will be announced during the football game between Dover and New Philadelphia on Friday night (Oct. 27) at Crater Stadium in Dover.
Information about Union Hospital and all of its services available to the community is available on the hospital website at www.unionhospital.org, and on the hospital’s pages on Facebook and Twitter (@Union_Hospital).