The mission of the Big Bill Foundation is to provide scholarships to participate
in extracurricular activities for youth that have battled childhood cancer or other life-threatening conditions.
Honoring the memory of Big Bill Robinson, the Big Bill Foundation is striving to bring the benefits of extracurricular
activities, such as sport, music,and art to the lives of children that have fought the hardest battle.
Bill Robinson, who partnered with Manatee County in the late 2000s to turn 487 acres of rehabilitated farmland into the hiking trails and mangrove habitats
in northwest Bradenton now known as Robinson Preserve, passed in 2020 following a hard-fought battle with leukemia at the age of 70.
The Big Bill Foundation was created to honor the legacy of Bill, who loved running, surfing, going for long walks outdoors, and spending time with his family.
Bill was one of the original board members of the Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates, SANCA, and served as chairman from 2014–18.
He dedicated countless hours of service to make SANCA and Nathan Benderson Park a success.
Bill’s passion for sport, the community and his family was evident to anyone who spent time with him.
Bill Robinson was a great leader and mentor, who had a natural gift to inspire and motivate.