NEW YORK - Through the generosity of an anonymous
donor, Columbia Athletics has established the $250,000 Class of 1981 Columbia Football Endowment in honor of Robert F.
"Bob" Conroy '81CC, William P. "Bill" Donley '81SEAS, and Richard M. "Rich"
The endowment will support strategic
initiatives for Columbia Football including academic enrichment, career
services, personal development, athletic skills and training, as well as other priorities
identified by head football coach Pete Mangurian. The 2012 season marked
Mangurian's first at the helm of Columbia Football, highlighted by four All-Ivy
"This football program is really about
people," said Mangurian. "The quality of people we bring into the football program,
our record, and the quality of the people who come out of our program, in that
order, will determine our success. I expect our football players to excel in
every area- academically, athletically, and personally.
of 1981 Columbia Football Endowment helps provide the resources we need to
create an environment that will develop each member of our team in all
dimensions," he continued. "We are committed to the long-range career
development and success of each of our players, and to winning. We will not
compromise in any area."
"We are so thankful to our anonymous
donor for making the Class of 1981
Columbia Football Endowment possible," said M. Dianne Murphy, Director,
Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education. "It is because of donors like this we are able to provide
Columbia Football with the resources they need to be successful. We are greatly appreciative and we are
so proud that this football endowment honors Bob, Bill and Rich in this way."
Looking ahead, Columbia Athletics will
seek to grow the Class of 1981 Columbia
Football Endowment through gifts from other Football alumni, friends and
endowment is part of the $100 million Columbia Campaign for Athletics:
Achieving Excellence, the largest fundraising initiative
in the history of Columbia Athletics, which was launched
in October 2007. Through The
Columbia Campaign for Athletics: Achieving Excellence, the University
is transforming the experience of more than 700 student-athletes by upgrading
and constructing new facilities, launching new student-athlete programming, and
providing increased funds for operations. Varsity sports program endowments,
like the Class of 1981 Columbia Football
Endowment, help ensure ongoing
financial support for varsity sports programs in perpetuity.
The linchpin of The Columbia
Campaign for Athletics is the newly-constructed Campbell
Sports Center at the Baker Athletics Complex, dedicated at Homecoming
on October 20, 2012. To date, Columbia has raised $80 million toward the
overall goal of raising $100 million.