Friends and co-workers of a South Dakota State University graduate killed last summer in a bicycle-vehicle accident are raising funds to establish a women's basketball scholarship in his memory.

Kevin Rogers will be remembered during the Feb. 14 women's basketball game between SDSU and IUPUI at Frost Arena.

Rogers, a longtime Citibank employee, was on 57th Street in Sioux Falls, riding to a friend's house for dinner on Aug. 18. He was struck and killed by a man who was later charged with driving under the influence and vehicular homicide.

Rogers, who grew up in Stickney, was 49. He earned his bachelor's degree from SDSU in 1983. He had worked at Citibank since 1984. Rogers was an avid supporter of SDSU athletics and was a season ticket-holder and Jackrabbit Club member.

"Kevin epitomized the Jackrabbit spirit and was himself a lifelong champion," said Matt James, an assistant professor of landscape architecture who initiated the scholarship effort in Roger's memory.

"Kevin Rogers was, simply put, ‘one of the good guys,'" said James, a 2001 SDSU graduate. "He was a role model of loyalty, strong work ethic, family values, and persistence. He was a man of faith and character who valued education and everything SDSU had to offer."

Shortly before his death, Rogers had received his Ed.D. and had begun teaching economics at Colorado Technical University. In honor of Rogers, students at Colorado Tech organized a bike safety workshop in hope of preventing other tragic accidents.

Gifts to the Kevin Rogers Scholarship may be made online at www.sdsufoundation.org or by mail to the SDSU Foundation, 815 Medary Avenue, Brookings, SD 57007.