WMBD/WYZZ-TV - PEORIA, Ill. -- One of the most popular members of the Peoria Rivermen doesn't put on skates..
"I can skate," laughed Megan Miller. "I just can't stop to save my life."
The weekend Miller is stopping. She's ending her career as a team emcee.
After three years entertaining fans with in-game promotions during Peoria Chiefs and Rivermen, games, Miller is heading to a fund raising position with the Muscular Dystrophy Association in Chicago.
Her last game with the Rivermen in Saturday night.
"I'm gong to bring my camera, I want to take pictures," said Miller. "The fans have been fantastic and extremely receptive to me. I can't thank them enough for that."
A native of south suburban Coal City, Miller grew up around sports. She wanted to play football for her father, a high school coach.
He wouldn't ket her so she settled for softball and volleyball. After graduating from Illinois State University in 2009, she went to work in sports.
First doing on-ice promotions for the Bloomington Prairie Thunder, then selling season tickets for the Rivermen. Last year, she moved across town to minor league baseball's Peoria Chiefs, where she handles community relations as well as game entertainment.
Her father is still a factor in her decisions, though.
"My dad comes to a lot of games, he drives down from Coal City," said Miller. "A couple of times, I've had some comments (from the fans) 'Megan will you marry me" I say, 'You have to ask my day, he's right there.'"
Among her many duties in Peoria, Miller has helped coordinate hospital visits by local athletes, made goodwill trips with team masots and dressed in scores of costumes to entertain fans. It's that interaction she says she'll miss."
"I've worn some crazy stuff and done some crazy dances. I've brought so many costumes and props home," said Miller. "I'm looking forward to this next step but that's what I;m going to miss the most."
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