Champion Bill Campbell's Legacy
With the passing of Bill Campbell ’62CC in April 2016, Columbia Athletics lost one of its greatest friends. The Campbell Championship Fund was established to preserve his unmatched legacy at Columbia and continue providing for the varsity sports teams he championed throughout his life.
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.
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 Donate today!