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Former Manchester Spartan football student-athletes Zane Yon (L) and Eric Beard recently attended the third annual William V. Campbell Triphy Summit on the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto, Calif.
Photos Provided by Manchester Athletics Former Manchester Spartan football student-athletes Zane Yon (L) and Eric Beard recently attended the third annual William V. Campbell Triphy Summit on the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto, Calif.
PALO ALTO, Calif. – A pair of former Manchester University football players had the opportunity to attend the Third Annual William V. Campbell Trophy Summit earlier this month.

Eric Beard and Zane Yon were both national semifinalists for the Campbell Trophy, the Academic Heisman award during their final years at MU.  Both Beard and Yon traveled to Stanford University in California for the three-day summit.

The event has become a powerful force for connecting more than 200 former Campbell Trophy nominees with some of the nation's top CEOs and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who imparted valuable life lessons for attendees at all stages of their careers.

A few of the speakers at the summit included: Chase Beeler, Altamont Capital, senior associate, and former Stanford and NFL center, Brad Smith, Intuit, chairman and CEO, Jeff Weiner, LinkedIn, CEO, Liz Wiseman, author of The New York Times bestseller "Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter" and Steve Young, HGGC, co-founder and managing director, 1983 NFF National Scholar-Athlete (Brigham Young), 2001 College Football Hall of Fame inductee, 2005 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee.

Each college in the country is permitted one nomination per year for the Campbell Trophy.  The requirements include a 3.2 GPA or better and for the student-athlete to be a significant contributor on the team in their final year of eligibility. Covering every college and university from all divisions of play, the nomination process effectively creates a pool of the best student-athletes from each school in the nation who are then invited to attend the Summit.