The family of Springboard to Learning Senior Program Director Steve Sandbothe was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday, January 27. Sandbothe and all six siblings received athletic scholarships after graduating from Linn High School.
The Sandbothes were among 19 inductees, including World Series champions Jeff Suppan and Ryan Howard, among others.
From The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame’s Kathy Booher:
The Sandbothe Family — siblings Scott, Steve, Robin, Mark, Mike, Lori and Lisa – all went to college on athletic scholarships. Their parents, Louis and Wanda “Nellie” (Parker), were Vienna High School basketball standouts, and Louis played at the University of Central Missouri. Mike (1986-1989), Lori (1988-1990) and Lisa (1987-1991) played for the University of Missouri after earning All-State for Washington High School, with Lisa and Lori each honored as Miss Show-Me Basketball. Scott and Steve played at East Central Junior College and then Missouri S&T and Benedictine College, respectively. Robin, who set the state’s prep discus record, played basketball at several colleges. Mark earned All-State and played at East Central. At Mizzou, Mike ranks seventh all-time in steals (172), eighth in assists (380) and 10th in minutes played (3,647). He later played in the Continental Basketball Association and in Japan. Lori played at Moberly Junior College and Mizzou. Lisa was a three-time All-State selection and, at Mizzou, is No. 3 all-time in blocked shots (143) and 10th with 288 rebounds. She was a two-time All-Big Eight Conference selection (1990, 1991) and played for the WNBA’s St. Louis River Queens. Several of their children are also college standouts, and Mike’s wife, Teri (LeBlanc), is an inductee into the Mizzou Athletics Hall of Fame as a four-time NCAA All-American track star (1986-1989) and 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier.
Sandbothe, who is in his third year as Senior Program Director, has an educational career spanning more than three decades. Prior to his work with Springboard to Learning, he served as a principal of three area middle schools, and as an assistant superintendent in the Hazelwood School District.