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Standord’s Robert Mitchell Going Away Party Tailgate

Stanford Hall of Famers Host 'Going Away' Tailgate Party for Robert Mitchell

BY Glenden Hess - Photos by Drew Altizer - September 12, 2016


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.

Standord's Robert Mitchell Going Away Party Tailgate, Hosted by Stanford Hall of Famers Dick Gould, John Paye, Jim Plunkett, and Mike Dotterer, the event highlighted Mitchell's contributions to Sanford athletics.
Wendy Moore, Jack Paye

Photos: Drew Altizer

 


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.

Standord's Robert Mitchell Going Away Party Tailgate, Hosted by Stanford Hall of Famers Dick Gould, John Paye, Jim Plunkett, and Mike Dotterer, the event highlighted Mitchell's contributions to Sanford athletics.
John Paye, Robert Mitchell, Dick Gould

Photos: Drew Altizer

 


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.

Standord's Robert Mitchell Going Away Party Tailgate, Hosted by Stanford Hall of Famers Dick Gould, John Paye, Jim Plunkett, and Mike Dotterer, the event highlighted Mitchell's contributions to Sanford athletics.
Todd Whiteherst, Galyna Farrington, Figueroa, Robert Mitchell

Photos: Drew Altizer

 


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.

Standord's Robert Mitchell Going Away Party Tailgate, Hosted by Stanford Hall of Famers Dick Gould, John Paye, Jim Plunkett, and Mike Dotterer, the event highlighted Mitchell's contributions to Sanford athletics.
Yant Ramirez

Photos: Drew Altizer

 


Standord's Robert Mitchell Going Away Party Tailgate, Hosted by Stanford Hall of Famers Dick Gould, John Paye, Jim Plunkett, and Mike Dotterer, the event highlighted Mitchell's contributions to Sanford athletics.
Robert Mitchell, Jim Plunkett

Photos: Drew Altizer

 


Standord's Robert Mitchell Going Away Party Tailgate, Hosted by Stanford Hall of Famers Dick Gould, John Paye, Jim Plunkett, and Mike Dotterer, the event highlighted Mitchell's contributions to Sanford athletics.
Julian Jenkins

Photos: Drew Altizer

 


Standord's Robert Mitchell Going Away Party Tailgate, Hosted by Stanford Hall of Famers Dick Gould, John Paye, Jim Plunkett, and Mike Dotterer, the event highlighted Mitchell's contributions to Sanford athletics.
Alex Schneider, Michael Dotterer, Maggie

Photos: Drew Altizer

 




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