For the second year in a row, Skaneateles High School wrestling coach Dick Campbell has donated his $6,000 salary back to the school district in order for the money to be used to support the team — specifically, to buy new team uniforms.
This is an inspiring and wonderfully altruistic gesture that we believe deserves recognition.
Campbell taught social studies at Skaneateles for 35 years until his retirement in 2000. He coached wrestling from 1965 to 1984, and in 2001, after a lull in the wrestling program at SCS, Campbell became involved in reestablishing the sport in the school.
Last year, Campbell was inducted into the Section III Wrestling Hall of Fame.
“This [donation] speaks volumes for who Dick is: he is interested in instilling the love and the skills of this sport in the kids rather than the money,” said Skaneateles School District Superintendent Phil D’Angelo.
We agree. This is a wonderful show of character by Coach Campbell — even moreso because he did not do it for any sort of recognition, only to help his athletes.
The impact and impression a coach, a teacher, and really any adult can have on young people is an important lesson for us all to take to heart. Gestures like this, large and small, speak volumes about who we are as individuals and as a community.
Coach Campbell has the spirit of Skaneateles in his heart — the spirit of community — and we applaud him. If you see Coach Campbell around town, be sure to thank him for his selflessness, and for his positive influence as a role model.