Austin Mitchell Memorial Fund

A Summer Basketball Camp for Kids Ages 5-15

The Austin Mitchell Memorial Fund was set up to share Austin's passion for basketball with the youth in our community. This Fund supports a new summer basketball camp, FREE and open to all kids in the Nebraska Panhandle, ages 5 to 15. 

We will have local coaches, and the camp will be held at the Gering High School auditorium. Parents are welcome to become involved.
For more information about this camp, or how to get involved, please email John Schlothauer at

Austin Thomas Mitchell

March 2, 2002-October 5, 2023

Austin Thomas Mitchell was born on March 2, 2002, to Brady & Stacy (Goos) Mitchell and big sister/eventual best friend Ashley. He tragically passed on October 5, 2023, at the much too young age of 21.

Austin was quickly becoming the man any parent would be proud of. He was a polite, kind, sweet, sensitive guy who always had a positive and encouraging word for anyone he thought needed it. He was funny too! Between his TikToks, Facebook posts or just a random selfie he left on your unattended phone, he just wanted people to laugh. Austin loved his family with all of his heart. He was a momma's boy from day one, and that never changed. 

Austin had a love for basketball that was unmatched! He was a proud member of the Gering Bulldog basketball family from 4th Grade Gering Up, all the way through his senior year at Gering High School's Class of 2021. Whether it was organized ball, noon ball at the YMCA, or the late-night games at Lincoln Elementary with "The Boys," he just wanted to play the game he loved. His favorite team was the Denver Nuggets, and his self-described, "best day of his life" was when he surprised his dad with tickets to Game 5 of the 2023 NBA Finals where they got to help celebrate their first ever NBA Championship.


Published by The Star-Herald on Oct. 17, 2023