WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Purdue head football coach Darrell Hazell stopped by News 18 This Morning Thursday to promote The Purdue Challenge, an annual fundraiser held to benefit the Purdue Center for Cancer Research, and to talk about the Gold-Black Spring Football Game.
Both events take place Saturday. The Purdue Challenge begins at Ross-Ade Stadium at 8:30 a.m., with runners and walkers traversing a five-kilometer course. Over the last six years, the challenge has raised more than $350,000 for cancer research at Purdue.
“We need all of our people to get behind us,” Hazell said. “We always talk about being one brick higher and this is no different. We need to make sure everybody comes out on Saturday morning and joins the challenge.”
This is the seventh year for the race. Purdue hopes to raise more money than ever before. Registration ends at 10 a.m. Friday. Student tickets cost $20 and adult tickets cost $25.
Hazell also addressed the progress of his team as he heads into his second year at Purdue. Aside from the race beginning at Ross-Ade Stadium on Saturday, the Gold-Black Spring Football Game begins at 1 p.m.
“It’s the culmination of 14 previous practices,” said Hazell. “Our guys have done a great job of getting themselves ready to give themselves a chance to be successful for next season.”
Hazell also said the team is focused on forgetting last year — Purdue finished 1-11 — and is concentrated on making improvements this season.
“I think every single day that you work to get better is a page-turner,” said Hazell. “I think our guys have done that. They’ve really bought in. They’ve worked extremely hard to put themselves in this position.”
The game is free and open to the public.