Phil Mickelson tells Deion Sanders why he's donating $500k to Jackson State

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If you had Phil Mickelson becoming one of the largest donors to Jackson State, step forward to collect your winnings.

The golfer will compete in a made-for-TV match with Charles Barkley, Peyton Manning and Steph Curry to raise money for HBCUs.

"As a white male, I'll never be able to fully empathize and understand the challenges that Black America goes through, but I want to be part of the solution," Mickelson said on Deion Sanders' podcast 21st and Prime.

"Sometimes, you just need a chance, you just need an opportunity. 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."

Mickelson could earn more money for Jackson State, as well as the other golfers as they compete for their respective HBCUs. Curry donated funds to found the golf programs at Howard and will play for them. Barkley is playing for Tuskegee and Manning for Grambling State, Southern and Lane College.

A 2012 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee, Mickelson owns 44 PGA Tour career victories, five majors and $92 million in career winnings.

This is the third time Mickelson has competed in a made-for-TV fundraising event. He defeated Tiger Woods for a $9 million purse in 2018, and at the beginning of the pandemic he, Woods, Manning and Tom Brady raised $20 million for COVID-19 relief funds. Mickelson and Barkley will team up against Curry and Manning in Friday's match.

Oh, and Deion will appear on TNT's coverage of the event in case that was ever in doubt.

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