Competing for a cause

Phil Mickelson and three legendary athletes set to tee it up for COVID-19 relief

KPMG Brand Ambassador and PGA Tour Professional Phil Mickelson will join fellow golf superstar Tiger Woods and NFL legends Tom Brady and Peyton Manning for The Match: Champions for Charity, a match-play golf event that will raise money for COVID-19 relief efforts. The event will be held at the Medalist Golf Club in Florida, and will be simulcast live at 3pm ET this Sunday, May 24, on TNT, TBS, truTV, and HLN.

“I have the utmost respect for these three individuals,” Mickelson said. “I think Tiger is the best golfer that’s ever played and (Tom and Peyton) are the two best at what they do, and for these gentlemen to come together to use their platform to help others and do it in a fun, entertaining way, I just really appreciate it.”

The four competitors, in conjunction with media partners WarnerMedia, will together make a $10 million charitable contribution to COVID-19 relief. Donations will be made to organizations working across multiple areas of need including DirectRelief.org, which equips health workers on the front lines with life-changing medical supplies; the American Red Cross, which is investing in blood treatment options and providing regional support to communities; and Save Small Business, a grant-making initiative to help small business employers who are struggling due to the pandemic. It will also include a partnership with the much publicized “All In Challenge,” which to date has raised over $45 million to support the food insecure.

Mickelson’s role as a KPMG Brand Ambassador has seen him play an integral part in the firm’s charitable efforts. Mickelson was the catalyst behind the development of the KPMG Blue for Books program, a subset of KFFL, which has donated over 220,000 books to children in need through the sale of blue KPMG hats and victories from KPMG golf ambassadors on the respective professional golf tours.  In 2012, Mickelson shared the field with his soon-to-be ‘Match’ opponent Peyton Manning when he participated in a KPMG Chip4Charity that raised $50,000 for First Book during halftime of the Monday Night Football game between the Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers.

Tune in on Sunday to cheer Phil on as he competes and raises money for COVID-19 relief!