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Kyle Miller Memorial 5K to support scholarship fund

September 08, 2017
Otterbein University

Westerville, OH—The community is invited to participate in the fourth annual Kyle Miller Memorial 5K Run/Walk at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24, 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. More information about the Kyle Miller Memorial 5K Run/Walk can be found online at www.kylemillermemorialfund.com.

More than 400 runners participated in the inaugural event in 2014, raising more than $30,000 that year. Funds raised at the first race in 2014 established The Kyle Miller Memorial Scholarship, an endowed scholarship at Otterbein. The proceeds from the second race were used to give a donation to the Ohio Wildlife Center in Miller’s memory and to increase the endowed scholarship. The endowment provides an annual scholarship prize to assist a junior or senior zoo and conservation science major to fulfill an experiential learning requirement in the program. 

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 interact with most species… I am truly passionate about the environment.  I love the outdoors and love the rain as much as the sun.”

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 www.otterbein.edu/zooandconservationscience.

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