SOURCE: Butkus Foundation

Butkus Foundation

October 03, 2016 10:12 ET

Larry Ellison Presented First Ever Butkus Award® for Business

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - October 03, 2016) - Larry Ellison, cofounder of information systems giant Oracle Corp, has received the first ever Butkus Award® for Business.

Presented by the nonprofit Butkus Foundation, the Butkus Award for Business honors leaders who exemplify determination in business and life with the same tenacity that legendary linebacker Dick Butkus demonstrated on and off the football field.

For 40 years, Mr. Ellison has pursued the development and application of relational databases which have forever improved operations of business, government and society. He led Oracle through a dynamic journey that began as a startup and evolved to its position today a world-leading information management company. Today, he serves as Oracle's Executive Chairman and Chief Technology Officer while also pursuing passions including sailing, tennis and real estate development.

"Larry Ellison's persistent leadership has made all of our lives better while developing one of the strongest businesses in our country. We appreciate his relentless pursuit of excellence," said Dick Butkus.

Mr. Ellison was presented a hand-crafted bronze statue similar to the 32-year-old Butkus Award® trophy presented to top linebackers at the professional, collegiate and high school level. He was selected by a Butkus Foundation panel that eventually will include past honorees.

The Butkus Foundation is a nonprofit 501c3 organization advancing charitable initiatives associated with Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus, including the Butkus Award®, a cardiovascular awareness initiative and an I Play Clean program encouraging teens to avoid performance-enhancing drugs. More information is at

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