49ers & Raiders “Battle for Blood”

Attention News Desk: Press Release (for immediate release)
Michele Hyndman (650) 723-8237

Bay Area Football Fans Roll Up Their Sleeves to Show Team Spirit and Boost Blood Supplies

STANFORD, Calif. – To help boost area blood supplies and to give football fans a unique way to show their team spirit, the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders are teaming up with Bay Area blood centers to host a “Battle for Blood.” This first-time event will help alleviate the summertime blood shortage and show just how many fans “bleed for their team” the week of the teams’ pre-season game against each other, Saturday, August 14th at 3Com Park.

From Friday, August 6th through Thursday, August 12th, 49ers and Raiders fans are encouraged to roll up their sleeves at blood centers throughout the Bay Area and at regional blood drives. Fans can “dedicate” their blood donation to their favorite team and be entered into a drawing to win a signed 49ers or Raiders football. The team with the most blood donations will be announced during the August 14th game.

WHAT: First-ever 49ers/Raiders “Battle for Blood”

WHEN: Friday, August 6th through Thursday, August 12th – leading up to the 49ers/Raiders game on Saturday, August 14th.

WHERE: All area blood banks, including the American Red Cross, Blood Centers of the Pacific and the Stanford Blood Center.

WHY: To give fans a unique way to support their favorite team, an opportunity to win team memorabilia and to help boost much-needed blood supplies.

HOW: After donating blood, fans can indicate which team they want their donation counted towards. Results will be tracked during the week and the team with the most blood donations in its name will be announced during the 8/14 game.

*49ers fans who aren’t able to donate blood during the 49ers/Raiders challenge are encouraged to donate Saturday, September 11th at the 49ers training facility in Santa Clara for their 5th Annual “Out For Blood” Blood Drive.

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