Rotary Club Honors Mitchell for Service to Boy Scouts

Oct. 23, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky women’s basketball head coach Matthew Mitchell annually speaks to the Lexington Rotarian chapter but this speaking engagement took a different turn when the Rotarians surprised Mitchell on Thursday with the prestigious Cliff Dochterman Award which is reserved for a select few in recognition of exemplary service to the Rotary Club and scouting.

The Cliff Dochterman Award is named in honor of distinguished Rotarian, former Rotary International President and dedicated Scouter Cliff Dochterman of Moraga, Calif. His professional career in higher education included 20 years at the University of California in Berkeley and 20 years at the University of the Pacific. Dochterman earned Eagle Scout honors, the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program, when he was 14 years old and later obtained three of scouting’s highest honors -- the Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope and Distinguished Eagle.

Mitchell is one of four sons of John and Carol Mitchell from Louisville, Miss. The Mitchells were very active in the Boy Scouts of America as John and Carol both served as scout leaders and all four boys (David, Mark, Matthew and Stephen) went on to earn Eagle Scout honors.

Mitchell, who was named an honorary Rotarian by the Lexington chapter in 2011, frequently supports the Rotary Club’s projects and the Blue Grass Council for scouting despite his busy coaching schedule. He and his wife Jenna are very active in the community as they pledged $1 million over the next 10 years to the University of Kentucky Athletics Department and have recently launched The Mitchell Family Foundation, a non-profit organization set to benefit charities in the Lexington community.