Gift helps build Bobby Campbell Stadium
by Joyce Shelfo
Published Thursday, June 28, 2012
Robert “Bobby” Campbell of Boca Raton, Fla., has provided the university with a gift of $1.2 million for the construction of a much-needed soccer stadium on campus.
The stadium will serve as home for one of the country’s most successful soccer programs, which garnered a total of seven national championships. The stadium will meet all NCAA Division II requirements for soccer and also will allow the university to extend athletic offerings to include lacrosse.
Campbell’s gift is in addition to $1.2 million the university has already received for the stadium’s construction, including $1 million from an anonymous donor. The university continues to raise funds for this project, which is expected to cost more than $2.6 million.
“I am very involved in the Boca Raton community and this project is an exciting one for both me and 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 in such 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 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, Campbell 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. He passes along this philanthropic spirit to his three children, Dana, Seth and Robbie.
“Bobby Campbell Stadium will be a game changer for our championship athletic program at Lynn,” said President Kevin M. Ross. “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.”