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Lynn announces gift to help build Bobby Campbell stadium
Published Jun. 13, 2012
Lynn University’s soccer team will soon have a stadium worthy of their seven national championships thanks to the generosity of Robert (“Bobby”) Campbell of Boca Raton, Fla. who provided the school with a gift of $1.2 million for construction of the new stadium.
The Fighting Knights soccer program has garnered a total of seven national championships for the men’s and women’s teams. Most recently, in 2011, the men’s team competed in the NCAA National Championship. This stadium also allows Lynn to expand the athletic offerings to include Lacrosse. Campbell's gift adds to the $1.2 million already donated, including an anonymous gift of $1 million. The university continues to raise funds for this project, which is expected to cost $2.6 million.
“I am very involved in the Boca Raton community and this project is an exciting one for both me and for the community,” said Campbell. “I love sports and thought this would be a good opportunity to help the university become better known nationally and internationally for a strong and important sport such as soccer. I feel proud to be a part of this project.”
As a young man working for Kinney Shoes, Campbell had a vision to become an entrepreneur and start his own business. Now his company, BBC International, with corporate headquarters in Boca Raton, is one of the leading children’s and athletic footwear design and sourcing companies in the world.
Campbell serves on the boards of the Boca Raton Historical Society, the ARC of Palm Beach County and Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation. He is past president and currently serves on the executive board of the Two Ten Footwear Foundation, the American Heart Association and on the president’s council for Sloan Kettering.
In May he was awarded the Monsignor John. T. Fagan Humanitarian Award by Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York, which supports disadvantaged children, families and the developmentally disabled. In 2011, he was honored for his humanitarian efforts by Ace, an organization that supports the homeless.
“Bobby Campbell stadium will be a game changer for our championship athletics program at Lynn,” Lynn University President Kevin M. Ross said. “With 19 national championships, we've always had extremely accomplished student-athletes and dedicated coaches and staff. Now, thanks to Bobby, we'll have an outstanding and intimate venue for our campus and community to experience our Fighting Knights under the lights.”