In December 2013, the New York Athletic Club (NYAC) became the exclusive home of the William V. Campbell Trophy
, endowed by HealthSouth.
As part of the partnership between the NYAC and the National Football Foundation, the trophy occupies a prominent section of the NYAC Hall of Fame, featuring the names and photographs of each of the Campbell Trophy
winners at the club's landmark building on Central Park in New York City.
"The New York Athletic Club is extremely pleased to showcase the Campbell Trophy
in our Hall of Fame and to partner with the National Football Foundation to promote all that the award symbolizes," said NYAC President Dominic Bruzzese at the time of a ribbon cutting ceremony. "The Trophy recognizes those attributes - sportsmanship and a dedication to excellence - that the Club prizes in its own athletes."
The organizations work together each year to stage multiple events at the facility with the trophy as the focal point. The events include a special annual celebration with the newest recipient of the Campbell Trophy
, occurring the day after the announcement of the winner during the NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Other events include college football kickoff and championship celebrations.
“The New York Athletic Club provides the Campbell Trophy
a powerful and versatile venue for promoting the scholar-athlete ideal,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “Making the NYAC the official home of the Campbell Trophy
provides the award an outstanding platform in one of the most important cities in the world. Our partnership with the NYAC helps us amplify the spotlight on the award and our goal of inspiring student-athletes to achieve excellence in all aspects of their lives.”
Founded in 1868, the New York Athletic Club boasts a unique history. The Club’s founding premise was to bring structure to a sporting environment that was lacking in organization and uniformity of measurement. Quickly, the NYAC organized the first US championships in boxing, swimming, wrestling and track & field. Today, the New York City clubhouse stands in tribute to an unmatched athletic history and the NYAC’s ongoing commitment to the pursuit of sporting excellence, while also providing unmatched social opportunities for its members. Among its members have been some of the most accomplished individuals in the worlds of sport, business and the arts. Notably, Club athletes have won 248 Olympic medals. Visit http://www.nyac.org/
for more information.