Sean “Diddy” Combs, one of the most successful entrepreneurs and cultural icons of all-time, presented himself his check to Jackson State Football during Saturday’s Cricket MEAC-SWAC Challenge Kickoff in Atlanta.

Combs pledged $1 million from the Sean Combs Foundation to JSU Football during his Lifetime Achievement Award acceptance speech at the 2022 BET Awards, with details finalized over the past year. Combs will invest in JSU football with installments over the next several years.

Combs’ initial contribution was given to Jackson State University Acting President Dr. Elayne Hayes-Anthony, and Vice President / Director of Athletics Ashley Robinson at the end of the first quarter of the game.

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“As someone who went to Howard University and understands the invaluable experience of attending historically Black colleges and universities, it’s important that we all do our part to protect and preserve their legacy,” said Sean “Diddy” Combs. “This contribution to Jackson State isn’t just about making a financial donation, it’s about giving back to a part of our culture that has changed countless lives and assuring HBCU’s receive the support they deserve.”

“Investing in our students’ higher education experience is the key to transforming their lives, and this is why the generous philanthropy of Sean Combs is so important,” Dr. Anthony said. “These funds will significantly benefit our student-athletes and encourage them to strive for excellence in all walks of life. We could not be more appreciative of his giving spirit.”

“This contribution by one of the world’s greatest and most influential entertainers and businessmen is another historic moment in the legendary history of Jackson State University,” said Robinson. “Beyond the financial investment, it’s what it represents that is paramount – the belief in the value of our football student-athletes both on and off the field, which provides an elite pathway to current and future successes.”

Former Jackson State football great and first-year head coach T. C. Taylor is extremely grateful for the contribution from Combs.

“We are extremely appreciative of the gift that Diddy has provided for Jackson State football,” Taylor said. “For someone of the global magnitude of Sean Combs to believe in Jackson State is legendary. His investment will help the continued elevation of JSU Football to the next level of greatness. For him to come to Atlanta to visit with and inspire our team prior to kickoff was an incredible moment for our players. For them to see up close and personal one of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs was significantly impactful for our program.”

Although this donation does not directly impact other schools, this pledge uplifts the entire HBCU community by bringing awareness to the ongoing commitment to professional development, career advancement, and increased support for HBCU athletics and institutions.

Sean “Diddy” Combs, the epitome of a mogul, began his remarkable journey as the Director of A&R at Uptown Records, where he played a crucial role in propelling the careers of iconic artists like Mary J. Blige and Jodeci. Later, he founded Bad Boy Records, a groundbreaking label that not only nurtured talent but also launched the successes of renowned artists such as The Notorious B.I.G., Faith Evans, 112, Mase, Total, Jonelle Monet, French Montana, MGK among others and became sort after producer of Mariah Carey, Method Man, Boyz II Men, Lil’ Kim, and more In 1997, Combs embarked on his own solo music career with the release of “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down,” followed by a Grammy Award-winning debut album that achieved platinum status seven times over. This marked just the beginning of his illustrious career, adorned with countless hit songs, multiple Grammy Awards, and prestigious honors.

Beyond his musical accomplishments, Sean Combs has solidified his position as one of the most successful entrepreneurs and cultural icons of all time. As Chairman and CEO of Combs Global, his diverse portfolio includes Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group, Love Records, Sean John, Combs Spirits (Cîroc Vodka and DeLeon Tequila), AQUAhydrate, REVOLT MEDIA & TV, Capital Preparatory

Charter Schools, and the Sean Combs Foundation. In July of this year, he introduced Empower Global, a global online marketplace empowering Black entrepreneurs by offering curated, exclusive products to consumers. Sean Combs continues to channel his drive and entrepreneurial spirit into making a positive impact through his philanthropic work and advocacy efforts.

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TBA – Arrival at Center Parc Stadium; security escort to Green Room (food and drinks provided)

TBA – JSU Acting President Dr. Elayne H. Anthony and Vice President / Athletic Director Ashley Robinson arrive at Green Room

7:15 p.m. – Arrive at JSU Locker Room

7:15 p.m. – Meet Head Coach T.C. Taylor

7:20 p.m. – Address JSU Football Team

7:25 p.m. – Leave Locker Room with JSU team heading to field

7:29 p.m. – JSU Football takes the field

End of 1st quarter (approximately 8:15 p.m.) – On-Field Check Presentation with President Anthony and VP/AD Robinson

Friday, August 25

Volleyball: vs. Stephen F. Austin | vs. Tulane in South Alabama Tournament; Mobile, Ala.; 10 a.m. | 3 p.m.

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Saturday, August 26

Volleyball: vs. South Alabama in South Alabama Tournament; Mobile, Ala.; 3 p.m.
Football: vs. South Carolina St. in MEAC-SWAC Challenge Kickoff; Atlanta, Ga.; 6:30 p.m. (TV: ABC)

Sunday, August 27
Soccer: vs. Murray St.; 1 p.m.

A LOOK AHEAD Tuesday, August 29

Volleyball: at Northwestern St.; Natchitoches, La.; 6 p.m.

Friday, September 1

Volleyball: vs. Central Arkansas | vs. Arkansas-Little Rock in Arkansas Little Rock Tournament; Little Rock, Ark.; 10 a.m. | 4 p.m.
Cross Country: at Mississippi College; Clinton, Miss.; 5:30 p.m.
Soccer: at Nicholls; Thibodeaux, La; 7 p.m.

Saturday, September 2

Volleyball: vs. Southeastern La. in Arkansas Little Rock Tournament; Little Rock, Ark.; 10 a.m.

Sunday, September 3

Soccer: vs. Louisiana Monroe; 1 p.m.
Football: vs. Florida A&M* in Orange Blossom Classic; Miami Gardens, Fla; 2 p.m. (TV: ESPN)

Tuesday, September 5
Volleyball: vs. Louisiana Monroe; 4 p.m.

Photo Credits: Combs Enterprises