WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) — Purdue men's basketball will host its annual Hammer Down Cancer game Friday, Jan. 24, when the Boilermakers take on Wisconsin at 7 p.m. ET at Mackey Arena. The team will be wearing custom black Hammer Down Cancer jerseys, which will feature grey and neon yellow accents. Neon yellow is the color that the Purdue Center for Cancer Research uses to represent cancers survivors and fighters of all types of cancer.
Each player's jersey, along with a special custom shooting shirt, will be auctioned off online before the game. All proceeds will go towards the Tyler Trent Endowment Fund at the Purdue Center for Cancer Research.
The auctions are open to all fans. The custom shooting shirt auction will end Monday, Jan. 13, at 11:59 p.m. ET, while the jersey auction will end Friday, Jan. 24, at 2 p.m. ET.
These special-edition jerseys are official Nike basketball jerseys, adorned with grey stripes down the sides that align with the shorts. On the front of the jersey, the traditional Purdue jersey wordmark is upgraded with neon yellow to represent all cancer survivors. The back of the jersey features the signature Hammer Down Cancer logo, shared across multiple Purdue athletic events. Both the front and the back of the jersey features the player's number, also upgraded with neon yellow.
The team will be wearing unique shooting shirts for this game that fans can also bid on in the auction. The black Nike shooting shirt will be adorned with our Hammer Down Cancer logo on the front, but the magic comes when we look at the back of the jersey.
The winning bidder will have the chance to provide a custom message of encouragement to be printed on the back of the shooting shirt for the cancer survivor or fighter in their life. Examples include "In memory of _____," "Keep fighting _____," "#TylerStrong," etc.