WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. --- Purdue Athletics is asking fans to wear the free t-shirts they will find on their seats at Mackey Arena on Thursday night before the Boilermakers' Big Ten clash with Ohio State for its "Hammer Down Cancer" game.
The annual t-shirt game has received national acclaim from many media outlets as it creates a stunning visual display for a national television audience -- showcasing Mackey Arena as the top college basketball venue in America. Thursday's game will be televised nationally by ESPN and is one of just two nationally televised games in that time slot.
The t-shirts are either white or volt and are in support of the Purdue Center for Cancer Research. The volt color honors cancer survivors and is inclusive of all cancer survivors.
Since 1978, the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research has been a National Cancer Institute-designated basic-research cancer center. Only seven institutions in the United States have earned this title. Being a basic-research center means it doesn't treat cancer patients directly. Their work focuses on investigating cancers where they begin - at the cellular level - to investigate the cause of, and cure for, one of the most devastating killers of our time. Doctors and scientists throughout the world use their discoveries to develop methods, medicines and medical devices to save and enhance patient lives.
Tickets are available by visiting PurdueSports.com, by calling 1.800.49SPORT or at the Mackey Arena ticket office prior to Thursday's game.