Otterbein Virtual 5K Honors Chatman’s Generosity

Posted Mar 30, 2021

Cards on the Move is a virtual 5K hosted by communication studies students to benefit the Nigel Chatman Student Emergency Fund. The fund help students with emergency needs such as tuition, books, food and car repairs.

Cards On The Move Logo

The virtual race will be held April 7-10, with a registration deadline of April 6. The students are hosting the 5K to support each other and to remember their classmate, Nigel Chatman.

Chatman was an Otterbein communication studies student and football player who lost his life in a car accident in fall 2019. He was known for a caring spirit and fun-loving personality. He impacted everyone he met – students and faculty alike. The Nigel Chatman Student Emergency Fund was established in 2020 to carry on his spirit and impact on the Cardinal community.

“We thought it was important to do something that would benefit our fellow Cardinals,” said sophomore Malachi Brooks. “Being part of the Cards on the Move project has been an amazing experience.”

The pandemic has hit college students especially hard. Balancing classes, work, internships and other involvements while staying afloat financially is difficult – but the Nigel Chatman Student Emergency Fund helps college students carry the burden during these times.

Nigel Chatman
Nigel Chatman

“Supporting Cards on the Move helps us bring the generosity and joy to others all over campus just like Nigel did,” sophomore Madelyn Nelson said. “This project is close to our hearts because we want to see Nigel’s legacy live on.”

The students interviewed Chatman’s mother Nigeria, Otterbein Head Football Coach Tim Doup, and Debate Team Coach Professor Susan Millsap to learn more about Chatman in different areas of his life. Students also spoke to former Gov. John Kasich and Otterbein President John Comerford to help spread awareness about the 5K.

“Planning the Cards on the Move virtual 5K has helped us develop the skills necessary in the public relations field, all while supporting a cause that benefits Otterbein students,” said public relations major Emma Long.

While students are gaining career skills and experience, they are also honoring the life of a classmate gone too soon. In return, other Otterbein students can benefit from the generosity the Nigel Chatman Student Emergency Fund can provide in times of need.

When different pieces of campus come together, the impact is immeasurable.

The deadline to register for Cards on the Move is April 6. Register now at the Cards on the Move website.