Before the K-State game on September 2nd, a tailgate-style going away party honored athletic trainer Robert Mitchell. Hosted by Stanford Hall of Famers Dick Gould, John Paye, Jim Plunkett, and Mike Dotterer, the event highlighted Mitchell’s contributions to Sanford athletics.
He had served in the position of assistant athletic trainer for baseball, basketball, and football over his 15+ year tenure with the program. These achievements are especially impressive as Mitchell is developmentally disabled, a result of being hit by a drunk driver as a toddler.
Joining the members of the Stanford Hall of Fame were notable members of the athletic program including basketball’s Kate Paye, alumni footballers Craig Awbrey and Julian Jenkins, and baseball’s Brock Ungricht. San Mateo County Deputy Sheriffs and Palo Alto Police were also present, as were just under 60 young adults Sequoia High School’s TRACE program for developmentally delayed adolescents.
Their bus driver, Wendy Moore, surprised everyone by recognizing Mitchell as a grown-up version of the young man she used to transport to school daily 25 years ago. It was a bittersweet goodbye, but Robert has made his move. He has gone to Tennessee to be closer to his family.