Former Bearcats Standout Earns OHSAA Ethics and Integrity Award
Jolinda (Lewis) Miller was a two-time all-conference selection for the Bearcats.

Feb. 15, 2013

CINCINNATI -- Former University of Cincinnati women's basketball standout Jolinda (Lewis) Miller has been named the recipient of the 2013 Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) Ethics & Integrity Award as voted on by the OHSAA Board of Directors.

The OHSAA Ethics & Integrity Award is presented annually to an Ohioan who has displayed outstanding traits of ethical behavior and integrity in the performance of duties and responsibilities and is a role model for others. The award is the highest honor the OHSAA Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Committee may bestow.

Previous winners of the award include former U.S. Senator John H. Glenn Jr. (1997), two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin (1998), first female Speaker of the Ohio House Jo Ann Davidson (2001) and NBA Champion and Olympic Gold Medal winner Bill Hosket (2002), among others.

Miller, along with 2012 winner Chris Spielman, will be honored at the upcoming OHSAA Girls and Boys Basketball Tournaments in March. Specific dates and times will be announced leading up to the events. 

Miller currently serves as the Athletic Director at Cincinnati Hughes High School, a position she has held for the past eight years. Working as an athletic administrator for a school that lists 77.2 percent of its students as "economically disadvantaged" and doesn't offer busing presents significantly unique challenges for Miller.

"Funding is an issue for everyone, but I have to fund things that most people don't think about." Miller explained in an interview with OHSAA Magazine.

With 100 percent of the student body relying on the city bus system or another family member to get home, there are several occasions every season where Miller drives a student-athlete home after a game because their bus route is already gone and they have no other way home.

Miller also faces a unique scheduling challenge. She has two gymnasiums to schedule practices and games for seven teams, a familiar situation for many athletic administrators but foreign to those who have the luxury of athletes with cars or parents who are able to pick up their child after a late practice. Miller  has to ensure all practices end in time for kids to safely catch their bus route home. Miller has refused to allow the challenges to interfere, prominently displaying "Our Motto: No Excuses!" on the Hughes athletic website she maintains.

Miller is currently working on her biggest fundraising project to date, raising $25,000 to fill one of the Cincinnati Recreation Commission's old swimming pools with rock and concrete. She's named the project "We All Rock," and hopes to add another gym and include a section of indoor field turf where the football, baseball and softball teams can practice on-site.

Playing at UC from 1994-98, Miller appears eighth on Cincinnati's all-time scoring list with 1,523 career points, averaging double-digits each season and finishing with a career scoring average of 13.6 points. The guard ranks second all-time in three-pointers (282) made, fifth in three-point field-goal percentage (36.0), seventh in career minutes played (3,589), seventh in assists (327) and ninth in free throws made (293).

Miller holds three of the top-seven spots on Cincinnati's single-season three-pointers list, draining at least 70 each campaign. Her field-goal percentage of 40.2 percent during the 1995-96 season ranks fifth on the single season list while her 85.1 percent shooting effort from the free throw line during both the 1994-95 and 1996-97 seasons are the sixth-best single season marks.

A two-time All-Conference USA selection, Miller was the team's top score during three seasons while also leading the team in assists twice. In addition to being named to the Great MidWest All-Newcomer team in 1995, Miller was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team following her senior campaign.