Kylie Klotzbach ’17 is one of two student-athletes nationally to receive a 2017 Jim McKay Scholarship, an award that recognizes outstanding academic achievement and the potential to make a major contribution to sports communications.
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An NCAA committee has selected Kylie Klotzbach ’17, captain of Rollins’ women’s swimming team, as a recipient of the 2017 Jim McKay Scholarship.
The $10,000 scholarship for postgraduate study recognizes student-athletes’ outstanding academic achievement as well as their potential to make a significant contribution to the sports communication industry. The scholarship, which is awarded annually to one male and one female student-athlete, was created in 2008 to honor the legacy of pioneer sports journalist Jim McKay.
“I aspire to garner the know-how and success within the athletic communications field to achieve my ultimate goal of becoming director of athletics at an NCAA institution,” Klotzbach said. “From that position, I hope to help future students benefit from their academic and athletic experience.”
The 2017 Rollins Alumni Association Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Klotzbach was a four-year member of the women’s swimming team and graduated with a 3.97 GPA. In addition to captaining the women’s swim team, Klotzbach also worked in the athletics communications office and served as an academic tutor, student disability note taker, and peer mentor during her Rollins tenure.
Joan Davison, a professor of political science and the faculty athletics representative at Rollins, believes Klotzbach’s leadership traits have prepared her for the challenges that she will face in the future.
“This past summer, Rollins hired new coaches who bring different philosophies, training regimens, and expectations to the team,” Davison said. “I know from conversations with swimmers that Kylie’s captaincy has proved pivotal to many of her teammates as they adjust to a different team ethos. Her personal qualities, as well as her experience in working with faculty members, have prepared her well to serve as liaison on behalf of her teammates with the coaches.”