The organization has a proud history and traces its roots back to the San Diego Hall of Champions and its legendary founder, the late Bob Breitbard, Bob established a number of awards and recognition programs, which continue to this day and are now featured within the Fowler Family Awards Center.
Born April 28, 1919, Bob was as native a San Diegan as they come. He grew up in the city, attended (and played sports) at Hoover High School, went to San Diego State College— now known as San Diego State University—and went on to join the ranks as one of the school’s coaches in 1945, helping re-establish the football program following World War Il.
In 1946, the seed for the Hall of Champions was planted, when Bob started the Breitbard Athletic Foundation to promote educational work, encourage competition and recognize significant athletic achievement in San Diego. To this day, the vision for his Foundation lives on in the Hall’s monthly and annual awards programs.
In 1961, Bob opened the Hall of Champions Sports Museum in Balboa Park. Although he was at the head of numerous sports ventures and programs in San Diego—including building the Sports Arena, helping launch the Greater San Diego Sports Association and helping bring the Rockets, Gulls, Chargers and Padres to town—building the Hall of Champions was perhaps his proudest achievement. It was the ultimate way to give back to his city and its citizens.
In Bob Breitbard, San Diego Sports Keeper, Dan Fulop writes, “Beyond the surface of his legacy, Breitbard should be remembered and credited as an integral figure in the city’s journey from small town to big league.”
Bob passed away in May 2010 at the age of 91. He will forever be remembered for his giving ways, love of sports and his desire to serve our community.
The SDSA traces its roots back to the San Diego Hall of Champions and Breitbard Athletic Foundation, which were founded by the legendary Bob Breitbard.
Breitbard Hall of FameStar of the MonthStar of the YearUT Athlete of the WeekLifetime AchievementChallenged Athlete of the YearSports Person of the YearSignificant AchievementRon Fowler Community Champion AwardCoaching LegendOfficialBrad Fowler Memorial ScholarshipErnest H. Wright Sr. Humanitarian Award