PGA Tour star Phil Mickelson will show off his wedge shooting skills during halftime of Monday Night Football’s Oct. 15 game between the Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers. Mickelson, a native of San Diego and longtime Chargers fan, will attempt a $1 million, 100 yard “KPMG Chip4Charity” shot at Qualcomm Stadium, home of the Chargers. The charity event supports First Book, a nonprofit organization which provides new books for children in need.
Mickelson will be located in one end zone, aiming for a target in the other end zone, which will have a green ($50,000/20,000 books) and three rings ranging from $100,000/40,000 books (the outer most ring), to $1 million/400,000 books for the bulls eye center ring.
KPMG’s Family for Literacy teamed with Mickelson and First Book to create KPMG’s “Blue for Books” in March 2012. The program encourages golf fans to purchase Mickelson’s authentic blue KPMG Tour hat at PhilsBlueHat.com. KPMG donates 100 percent of the net proceeds to First Book, which provides deserving children three books for each hat sold. Mickelson’s “KPMG Chip4Charity” is a marquee component of the “Blue for Books” campaign.
Mickelson said, “My wife, Amy, and I, feel strongly that literacy and education are critical to the future success of today’s youth. 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.”
KPMG’s Family for Literacy began five years ago in cooperation with First Book and is led by the spouses of KPMG partners and professionals from across the firm’s offices. To date, KPMG has delivered more than two million books to children in local communities throughout the country.
Tune in to ESPN’s Oct. 15 Monday Night Football game at halftime to see if Phil Mickelson can add to that total.
Rick Stedman is an avid golfer, RVer, and writer who lives in Olympia, Washington. Rick writes a golf column, “The RV Golfer,” which is published every month in rvlife.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.