EVAN ROBERTSON MILLER
2016 INDUCTION TO THE RHODE ISLAND AQUATIC HALL OF FAME
Evan began swimming when he was ten years old — first for the Cumberland Lincoln Boys’ Club Penquins and for the Rhode Island Special Olympics. At the annual RI Special Olympic games Evan was a perennial gold medalist. During all four years of high school, he competed for the Lincoln High School varsity team. As a senior, Evan was a leader in practice and on the pool deck at swim meets. Because Evan was a constant source of encouragement for his teammates, he was selected to serve as co-captain during his Senior year. He was relentless in his motivation to achieve, took pride in his accomplishments, and consistently persevered despite many obstacles he-encountered. As a dedicated Special Olympian, Evan was chosen to represent Rhode Island three times at the National Special Olympic Games during which he won three (3) gold and two (2) silver medals in swimming. He was also honored as the 2010 Rhode Island Special Olympics Athlete of the Year. After graduating from Lincoln High School, Evan attended CCRI serving as team manager of the Boys’ volleyball team and assistant coach of the Unified Basketball team at Lincoln High School. In May of 2014, Evan was selected as Cardi’s Furniture Hometown Sports Hero of the week.
Evan was a great competitor and loved the sport of swimming. His desire, enthusiasm, and passion for swimming were inspirational and contagious to all members of his swim family. He was respected and most appreciated by his teammates at Lincoln as well as by all his competitors. Evan is being inducted posthumously, having died of cancer in 2015.