Hammer Down Cancer Games

Every year, a series of athletic games connects the Boilermaker community’s love for sports and dedication to finding a cure for cancer. The Hammer Down Cancer games raise money for and awareness of the Purdue Institute for Cancer Research.

You can Hammer Down Cancer by sharing your game day pics using the #HammerDownCancer hashtag and tagging @PUCancerInst, and by supporting the Purdue Institute for Cancer Research’s continued impact by giving here.

Upcoming Hammer Down Cancer Games

Baseball, volleyball and soccer will host Hammer Down Cancer games in 2024. Dates and times will be announced as we get closer to the events, so be sure to check back for updates.


Recent Events

Hammer Down Cancer - Men's Basketball

Purdue took home the win over Michigan on January 23. With a special excitement in the Mackey air, director Andrew Mesecar together with Boilermaker fans honored Beta Theta Pi for their incredible philanthropic efforts.   

Fight Like a Boilermaker Pink - Women's Basketball

On February 5, Purdue picked up the win in overtime against Illinois. Cancer institute deputy director Andrea Kasinski honored the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority for their important work in breast cancer awareness and the Boilermakers auctioned off pink game-worn jerseys in support of the cancer institute. 

Hammer Down Cancer - Men's Wrestling

In this dual against Wisconsin on February 4, the Boilermakers auctioned off limited-edition singlets, with more than $5,500 in proceeds going to support the Tyler Trent Cancer Research Endowment.


Other Events:

Challenge 5K Race

April 13, 2024

Learn more and register here.

Purdue Day of Giving

April 24, 2024