It's one thing playing for a $1 million prize.
It's another thing playing for someone other than yourself.
The Men of Mackey, a roster of Purdue alumni, will be playing for both when they begin play at The Basketball Tournament, starting July 5 in Columbus, OH.
Men of Mackey general manager Ryan Kay thought this national platform would be a great way to raise awareness for the Tyler Trent Cancer Research Endowment.
"I really wish that, not only our Purdue fans could be there, but that the Trents could be there because they are really pumped about this," Men of Mackey general manager Ryan Kay said to Fort Wayne's NBC, via FaceTime.
"We will be playing to represent Tyler and his legacy, and so there is even more a sense of urgency to get out there, and play well."
Former Purdue guard and Fort Wayne native Rapheal Davis agrees the Men of Mackey have something special to play for.
"I'm glad I can do anything that can help further that movement," Davis said.
"Defintely, something we want to put our best foot forward."
The No. 19 seed Men of Mackey will square off with No. 14 seed Heartfire, composed, greatly, of Baylor and Michigan State alumni.