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'UK at the Half': Meet UK PFA's Family of the Year

Meet the University of Kentucky Family of the Year.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 20, 2021) — For this "UK at the Half," the University of Kentucky Parent and Family Association's Nicki Jenkins explains the importance of families as a part of the college experience — and introduces the winner of UK's Family of the Year, the family of College of Agriculture, Food and Environment sophomore Mikayla Mika of Yorkville, Illinois. 

During the UK game on Saturday, Mika's family — her parents Cheryl and Ron and her sister, Lexi — were recognized for their role of support and dedication during her UK journey. 

"UK at the Half" airs during halftime of each UK football and basketball game broadcast on radio and is hosted by UK Public Relations and Marketing. To hear the "UK at the Half" interview, click on the play button above. 

The family of Mikayla Mika (left), UK's Family of the Year, Cheryl (Mikayla's mom), Lexi (sister) and Ron (dad).
The family of Mikayla Mika (left), Cheryl (Mikayla's mom), Lexi (sister) and Ron (dad), UK's Family of the Year.

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