Jackson State University recently received a $500,000 donation from World Golf Hall of Famer Phil Mickelson.
The university could receive more during The Match: Champions for Change on Friday at 2 p.m. on TNT.
Champions for Change will feature Mickelson and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley facing three-time NBA champion Stephen Curry, a near scratch golfer, and two-time Super Bowl champion Peyton Manning in modified alternate shot match play at Stone Canyon Golf Club in Oro Valley, Arizona.
The golf event will again include a series of on-course challenges to drive additional funding for HBCUs. For each of those holes, there will be a minimum of $100,000 up to $2,500,000 (on select holes) donated if a golfer sinks a hole-in-one. Additional information on these challenges will be shared, leading up to the event.
Mickelson has selected Jackson State University as the recipient of any additional donations earned during the golf competition. Curry, Barkley, and Manning have also selected an HBCU.
The golf legend explained his decision on Barstool Sports’ “21st and Prime,” podcast hosted by JSU football coach Deion Sanders.
“Sometimes, you just need a chance, you just need an opportunity,” Mickelson said. “What I’m excited about at Jackson State University is that it gives a lot of people an opportunity that wouldn’t otherwise get it. As we create this match champions for change, we use golf as a way to create change, create awareness and education, but also raise money for opportunities for those who need it.”
Courtesy: Jackson State University