Diddy has fulfilled his promise to Jackson State.
The “I’ll Be Missing You” rapper presented a $1 million check from the Sean Combs Foundation to JSU Football during Saturday’s Cricket MEAC-SWAC Challenge Kickoff in Atlanta, Ga.
Combs pledged the seven-figure donation to the university’s football program during his Lifetime Achievement Award acceptance speech at the 2022 BET Awards, with details finalized over the past year.
Combs’ initial contribution was given to JSU acting president Dr. Elayne Hayes-Anthony, and athletics director Ashley Robinson at the end of the first quarter of the game.
“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,” Diddy said. “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 HBCUs receive the support they deserve.”
Combs promised to give the large donation to the football program while former head coach Deion Sanders was leading the Tigers. He later reiterated that he would fulfill his commitment to the university after Coach Prime departed for Colorado.
“We are extremely appreciative of the gift that Diddy has provided for Jackson State football,” first-year JSU head coach T.C. 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. players. For them to see up close and personal on our sideline one of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs was significantly impactful for our program.”
The full $1 million will be given to the school in three installments over the next couple of years.