Phil Mickelson is one of the new owners of the San Diego Padres, but his next sporting appearance will be with his hometown Chargers. And, in typical Mickelson fashion, there’ll be big money on the line.
At halftime of the Monday Night Football game between the Chargers and the Denver Broncos on Oct. 15, Mickelson will take to the field and try to win as much as $1 million for charity with his vaunted short game. In the "KPMG Chip 4 Charity," Mickelson will tee it up in one end zone of Qualcomm Stadium and take aim at the other end zone to win money for First Book, a non-profit organization that provides new books for needy children.
In that far end zone will be a green and three rings. If Mickelson hits the green, he’ll win $50,000 – enough to buy 20,000 books. A shot that ends up inside the rings would net him anywhere from $100,000 (40,000 books) to $1 million (400,000 books). The money will be donated by KPMG, which also sponsors Mickelson on the PGA Tour.
KPMG’s Family for Literacy program teamed with Mickelson and First Book to create the "Blue for Books" program in March 2012. That program encourages golf fans to purchase Mickelson’s authentic blue KPMG Tour hat at www.PhilsBlueHat.com . KPMG donates all the net proceeds to First Book, which provides deserving children three books for each hat sold.
"My wife, Amy, and I, feel strongly that literacy and education are critical to the future success of today’s youth," said Mickelson. "I am extremely proud to be part of the Blue for Books campaign and it’s just great to know that for every blue hat I see out in the gallery each week, three new books are in the hands of kids who need them most."