NEW YORK, NY — As part of the Columbia University campaign, The Columbia Commitment, which publicly launched on May 11, Columbia Athletics has initiated a project to raise endowment funds for the Campbell Championship Fund.
Columbia established the Campbell Championship Fund in 2016 to honor Bill Campbell '62CC, one of Columbia Athletic's greatest friends who passed away in April 2016.
The Campbell Championship Fund was established to preserve Bill Campbell's unmatched legacy at Columbia and to continue providing for the varsity sports teams he championed throughout his life.
Columbia University selected men's squash player Osama Khalifa '18CC to represent the student athletes for this project, Champion Bill Campbell's Legacy. Khalifa won the College Squash Association National Championship in individual men's squash this season, becoming the first-ever Columbia squash player to win a national title. Along with Ivy League Player of the Year, Khalifa also won the Campbell Performer of the Year award at this year's Varsity C Celebration. His inclusion in this project could not be more fitting.
The Campbell Championship Fund will support the top priorities of Columbia Athletics, with the goal of building championship programs and championship experiences for all our student-athletes. With that same goal in mind, Bill himself gave to more than 50 distinct athletics initiatives over his lifetime. This project for the Campbell Championship Fund is part of the broad-based campaign effort for Columbia University.
A four-year student-athlete, captain of the 1961 Ivy League Championship football team, and football coach for six seasons between 1974 and 1979, Bill was well aware of the importance of athletics to the University community. He translated his own playing and coaching experience into a successful career in business, rising to become CEO of Intuit, the maker of Quicken, QuickBooks, and Turbo Tax.
As a business leader and mentor, he became known as the “Coach of Silicon Valley,” and he also remained committed to guiding the success of the next generation of Columbia student-athletes, both on and off the playing field. This season, all of Columbia's student-athletes are wearing a special patch on their uniforms with Bill's number, 67, which was retired in 2014.
Continuing Bill's work of nurturing championship programs and supporting our student-athletes is a fitting way to build on that tribute and ensure that Bill's spirit and legacy continue to resonate throughout the campus.
Please join us in honoring Bill's memory and ensuring that our student-athletes have the resources and support they need to bring championships home to Columbia. To give now, click here.