A Columbus native, Miller grew up having a good childhood living with his parents, two older brothers, Rob and Craig, and younger sister, Tiffany. From an early age, sports were part of the equation.
“I mainly started out watching my oldest brother playing soccer and I became fascinated with the game,” Miller recalled. “I played a lot of sports and I watched my siblings play.”
Miller played baseball, football and soccer, but it was his father, Galen, who inspired him to want to work with youth as he got older.
“Growing up, he volunteer-coached all of us all of the time,” he said. “He did a lot of other stuff behind the scenes, so I would say he had a big influence on me.”
Miller graduated from Columbus High School in 2005 and spent a few years at Central Community College-Columbus; however, he decided to leave because he knew he desired to share his love for sports and physical activity with the younger generation like his father did. He already had gotten a taste of it, having helped coach his cousin’s sixth-grade basketball team with his dad and a local football team. He wanted to pursue that interest further.
FINDING HIS CALLING
Miller’s sister helped him land the opportunity with CASP, a role he has been in for 13 years. Each weekday, he travels to one of Columbus Public’s five elementary schools, where he works with up to 15 kids that range from kindergarten to fourth grade at one time. They’ll play sports and games, but he’ll also help out during homework time.
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Following the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor (among countless others), people around the world marched in Black Lives Matter protests and demanded change. Individuals considered what ways they benefit from racism and how they could shift that power to the oppressed. Brands and businesses evaluated how they could not only promote diversity but act in actively anti-racist ways.
And the travel industry is one which needs to take a long, hard look at itself.
“From when people first started traveling, a lot of it was colonialism,” said Beth Santos, Founder and CEO of Wanderful, a global community of female travelers. “That’s something we don’t talk about enough in travel. It’s not just the great things about connecting with other cultures and places, but there’s also an underlying history of a place and a real exploitation that’s happening even today, especially among Black, Indigenous and people of color.”
Later this week, Wanderful is hosting part two in a series of anti-racism talks created by Karisma Shackelford, Director of Wanderful Creators. The discussion, An Anti-Racism Town Hall for the Travel Industry, is open to travelers, creators and those in the tourism industry, and its aim is to re-check the pulse of the work that’s happened and the work that’s yet to be done.
“At the last event, we had some very uncomfortable conversations,” admitted Karisma. “For the first time, people had to deal with identifying the things that they may not even have realized they were doing, but those things were racist.”
While these discussions aren’t easy to have, they’re necessary. The United States is more diverse than ever, and Karisma pointed out that in the younger generation non-white children are the majority in many US states. These Moving Forward town halls give the travel industry the chance to learn from missteps and create a better future for travelers and locals alike.
Wanderful published their key takeaways from the first event, and the second installment intends to check back in and reassess goals.
“Committing to anti-racism and social justice isn’t something that you do one time,” Beth added. “You don’t attend one event and then it’s like, ‘Check the box, I’m done.’ This is something to think about every day of your life.”
While Wanderful is geared towards those in the travel industry, such as tour operators and bloggers, anyone who loves travel and wants to be a better traveler can attend—and in fact, they encourage it.
“They’ll walk away with empowerment,” Karisma said. “It’s important travelers know how much power they actually hold when it comes to decisions that are