MIAMI COUNTY — The Community Blood Center/US Bank Troy-Piqua Challenge Blood Drive returns to Troy-Piqua rival week for the 21st year of dueling blood drives between the ultra-competitive towns and high schools.
Troy and Piqua High Schools will host campus blood drives on Tuesday, Oct. 23. Sponsor US Bank will host community blood drives at its Troy and Piqua branches on Thursday, Oct. 25. Each registration to donate represents one vote. The winning school receives a $1,000 award from US Bank.
The rivals face an even tougher challenge in 2018 as they try to top the success of last year’s milestone 20th renewal of the Troy-Piqua Challenge.
Donor support was the highest in the history of this cross-county rival blood drive. A record 419 students and community members “voted” in the 2017 Challenge by registering to donate. The total included 155 first-time donors and 356 pints of blood donated. Piqua won the Challenge and the $1,000 award by a 213-206 margin and improved its overall record against rival Troy to 15-4-1.
“I would love to see a sense of urgency in making appointments because we do have a higher goal set for the blood drive,” said US Bank Piqua Branch Manager Emily Shawler, coordinator of the winning blood drive.
“We have 136 spots to fill, compared to 98 last year. It’s a significant difference, so we are asking people to make an appointment now. We have a huge opportunity to grow the number of donations because they’ve added 38 spots at the schools too, so that a huge opportunity to make a difference.”
The 2017 Challenge eliminated paper ballots at the community blood drives. Similar to the high school blood drives, a registration to donate at a community blood drive is an automatic vote for the host community.
Community members who want to vote for Piqua must register to donate at the Piqua US Bank branch at 200 N. College St. To vote for Troy, you must register to donate at the Troy US Bank branch at 910 W. Main St. Donation hours for both blood drives are noon to 6 p.m.
CBC encourages donors to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call 1-800-388-GIVE. Everyone who registers to donate will receive the “Faith, Hope, Cure” October Breast Cancer Awareness Month t-shirt.
The 2018 game will be the 134th renewal of the Troy-Piqua football rivalry, one of the oldest in Ohio. The Challenge winner will be announced and the $1,000 award check presented Friday, Oct. 26, before kick-off at Piqua High School’s Alexander Stadium.