Phil hands out school supplies

PGA Tour player Phil Mickelson is a professional at acing courses.  Now, thanks to Phil and his wife Amy, 1,500 in-need San Diego children will have everything they need to pass their courses too.

As part of the annual Start Smart program funded by the Phil and Amy Mickelson Foundation and Target’s commitment to education, first to fourth graders were equipped with back-to-school essentials at a shopping spree event at the Mission Valley Shopping Center Target store in August.  Doors opened early for kids to shop the store and pick out new clothes, pencils, notebooks, shoes and craft supplies in preparation for the school year ahead.

“When you have new clothes and school supplies, you have high self-esteem,” Mickelson said to the San Diego Union-Tribune. “And that means you’re happy and ready to learn. Amy and I are committed to this cause because, as I say to my own kids, education is like a skyscraper. The bigger the foundation, the higher you can build.”

We aim high to improve education, which is why we’re constantly building a platform for academic success. Since 1946, Target has given five percent of its income (more than $3 million today!) to improving communities, with a significant portion going towards helping children read proficiently by the end of third grade. We’re on track to reach a total of $1 billion in giving to education by the end of 2015.

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