At Lake Stevens High School, Mitch Canham was on the honor roll and graduated in the top 5 of his class. He was involved in leadership, starred in the school assemblies, was a leading member of the school student body, and volunteered at the local elementary school. He earned varsity letters in baseball, wrestling, and football, and competed in the state tournament for each sport.
At Oregon State University, Mitch acted as a volunteer tutor to fellow athletes, was a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, built homes with Habitat for Humanity, and raised money for the local Special Olympics through fundraising concerts. At OSU Mitch earned Academic All-American awards for his 3.5 GPA and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management.
Mitch played three full seasons at Oregon State, went with the Beavers to the College World Series each year, and helped OSU win two National Championships.
After losing his younger brother, Mitch and his father established The Dustin Lee Canham Memorial Fund, an award given annually to LSHS students who prove to be kind, giving, and intelligent.
The San Diego Padres drafted Mitch in the 2007 Supplemental First Round of the Major League Draft; Mitch played for the San Diego Padres, Oakland Athletics, and the Colorado Rockies organizations.
Mitch became a motivational speaker, telling his life story and sharing the lessons he learned with middle school and high school students, community groups, and athletic teams.