JSU’s Ken South wins ‘Soul Bowl’ Giving Challenge

Nov. 19, 2012

UPDATE: Jackson State University alumnus and WJTV meteorologist Ken South outlasted Alcorn State University alumnus and WJTV news anchor Melissa Faith Payne in a fierce competition to raise the most money for their respective institution in the Soul Bowl Giving Challenge.

The final totals were: JSU – $25,890,  ASU – $21, 662 . 
The funds raised will provide scholarship support for current and future students at both universities.


Oct. 15, 2012

(JACKSON, Miss.) – WJTV’s Ken South, meteorologist and Jackson State University alumnus, is hoping for a flood.

A flood of donations, that is, to benefit his alma mater – and beat out coworker and Alcorn State alumna and WJTV news anchor Melissa Payne – in the 2012 Soul Bowl Giving Challenge.

The local television personalities are feverishly working to outdo each other in the competition between the universities to raise the most funds for scholarships from alumni and supporters between now and Nov. 17 when the Jackson State Tigers meet the Alcorn State Braves in Lorman for the Magnolia Heritage Classic: Soul Bowl 2012.

“I’m so eager to rally the JSU family around this contest,” South said. “I think it’s a great way to show pride in our university and help future Tigers at the same time. Plus, we owe them one for last year. I know Tiger fans won’t let me down.”

South and Payne will announce the Soul Bowl Giving Challenge winning school during halftime at the JSU-Alcorn game immediately following an ultimate fan contest in which the winners will be drawn from the JSU and Alcorn donors to the Challenge.

If JSU wins the Giving Challenge, Payne will have to wear Tigers’ blue and white gear. If Alcorn wins, South will have to be decked out in the Alcorn Braves’ gold and purple.

Gifts are tax deductible!

Checks or money orders should be made payable to the Jackson State University Development Fund. Make sure to write Soul Bowl Giving Challenge on the memo line of the check to ensure the donation is counted in the final total. The checks also should be mailed/postmarked no later than Nov. 12 to ensure they’re counted in the final total.

Mail to:
Jackson State University
Annual Giving
P.O. Box 17144
Jackson, MS 39217

Donate online:
Go to WJTV.com and type in keyword Soul. Click on “click here” link in the Soul Bowl story, which will take you to the giving page where you’ll click on the Give button. Donations then can be made securely through PayPal.

Contact Tangelia Kelly at tangelia.t.kelly@jsums.edu or 601-979-1760.