Jonathan Schiller Takes Center Court

Jonathan Schiller Takes Center Court


[MUSIC PLAYING] I had the privilege of playing
with 12 other young men on a wonderful and
successful basketball team here under Coach Jack Rohan. And that was a thrill for
those of us who played, for the entire student body the
year that we won the Ivy League Championship, for the
community, including many alumni and, of course,
faculty who came to the gym and cheered us on. When you get something
going in the women’s or men’s program over
at the gymnasium, it resonates throughout campus. 39-33. Columbia leads. That’s Schiller
with the ball now. Jonathan Schiller was a member
of the 1968 championship team. Played a key role in terms
of their championship drive. And beyond Columbia, he’s
done a remarkable job for the city of New York,
for Washington, DC, where he established his
roots, obviously from his role as
a trustee and most recently as the chair
of the trustees. He’s been an unbelievable
mentor for myself personally and for these kids. This is an example of
what you’re here for. And it’s going to be
great because Jonathan comes to our games. He comes to our practices. But when he’s not here, to
have his name and his family’s name on our court will
be a constant reminder to myself and to my team
about who we’re playing for and what we’re
trying to accomplish. Playing on that team instilled
confidence, a respect for teamwork, an understanding
of group-centered achievement. And it built confidence,
and to the extent you helped contribute to
success, it builds leadership. Having alums that are
part of the experience and want to move the needle
forward for our current student athletes in the future is
absolutely immeasurable. I think that Jonathan and what
he wants to do for this program and how he’s been supporting
us has been fantastic, and we are honored and
thrilled that he is getting this court dedicated to him. I wake up with the
same kind of intensity I felt as a college
student, and today I continue to go on courts. They’re courts of justice, but
they are courts nonetheless. And to be in a court and
to have the opportunities that one has in the
court to perform and to try to do the right
things and to succeed, that’s what Columbia was
as a core and as a basis and as a platform for
me on which to grow.

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