March 2, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - In addition to the excitement of the Purdue men's basketball team's chase of the Big Ten title, Wednesday night's game against rival Indiana will also be special for the Boilermakers as they lend a hand to the Haiti relief effort and bid farewell to a revered senior class.
In an effort to help raise funds for the ongoing relief effort in Haiti, Purdue players will wear special t-shirts during warm-ups prior to their showdown with the Hoosiers. The shirts, which will feature each player's name, number and autograph, will be up for bidding in a silent auction to be held at Gate B of Mackey Arena, with all proceeds going to the American Red Cross.
Bidding in the silent auction will begin at Gate B when doors open at 5:30 p.m. ET, and continue until the buzzer sounds to begin the second half of play. The starting auction price of each shirt will be $25.
Similar shirts, without players' names, numbers and signatures, are being sold at Purdue Pride for $15, with $2 from each sale going to the American Red Cross effort in Haiti.
Following the game, fans are encouraged to remain in their seats, as the Boilermakers will follow a new format this season and honor their seniors at the conclusion of Wednesday's rivalry action. In addition to the tradition honoring of the seniors and their families, Purdue's Senior Night will also include video features and words from head coach Matt Painter.