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Miller 5K benefits scholarship named after former Otterbein student-athlete

Miller 5K benefits scholarship named after former Otterbein student-athlete


The community is invited to participate in the Kyle Miller Memorial 5K Run/Walk at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25, at Hilliard Municipal Park, 3800 Memorial Dr., Hilliard. The event honors the Otterbein University student who died in a tragic kayaking accident at Prairie Oaks Metro Park in March 2014. The Ohio Wildlife Center will be there with animals to educate the public about wildlife conservation. More information about the Kyle Miller Memorial 5K Run/Walk can be found online, along with registration for the run/walk.

Family, friends and coaches of Miller initially planned the 5K to raise money for an endowed scholarship in his name. Today, the annual event and Miller’s memory are an ingrained part of Otterbein’s culture.

“The 5K is important to me because Kyle was a part of the Otterbein family,” said Otterbein senior Maria Slovikovski, who is helping with promotion of this year’s event. “Although I did not know him personally, everything I've heard about Kyle is positive and I want to support his cause.”

Miller was a zoo and conservation science major at Otterbein, a volunteer at the Ohio Wildlife Center and a gifted track and field athlete at Hilliard Davidson High School and Otterbein. In his application for Otterbein’s zoo and conservation science program, he wrote, “I grew to love the environment and everything that dwells in it.  From the smallest critters in the ground to the highest birds in the sky, I've wanted to learn more and more about them and hopefully protect them from the dangers that interacts with most species… I am truly passionate about the environment.  I love the outdoors and love the rain as much as the sun.”

The Kyle Miller Memorial Fund has been established to create an endowed scholarship at Otterbein University for a junior or senior zoo and conservation science major with Kyle’s passion for wildlife and conservation. Contributions will benefit the Memorial Fund, as well as other organizations that promote wildlife and conservation.

Otterbein’s zoo and conservation science program allows students to explore animals, their husbandry and health, while developing the critical thinking skills needed to frame and solve problems occurring in zoo environments or in wild animal populations that come in contact with human populations. More information can be found online at the program website.