Kind Butler

Kind Butler III is an American track and field athlete who competes in the 400 meters. In 2014, along with teammates David Verburg, Kyle Clemons, and Calvin Smith Jr., he helped set a new world record in the 4x400 meter relay at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics in Sopot, Poland.
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Born in Cincinnati, OH, Kind relocated to Indianapolis, IN where he attended Lawrence Central H.S. prior to Kentucky State University (Division II) before transferring to Indiana University, earning a degree as a Fitness Specialist with a minor in Exercise Science.

He played baseball all four years of high school and only ran track the last three weeks of his senior season. While at KSU, Kind competed in the high jump and suffered a torn knee his freshman year, due to which he lost his scholarship and place on the team. At that time, he was told that he would never run as fast or jump as high. Through the adversity, Kind never lost focus on his dream, took a year off, and transferred to Indiana. Unable to jump, he switched to sprinting his junior year and has since broken every IU sprint record, run for the USA in the Five Nations Meet in 2013, the USA Distance Medley Relay at the 2013 Penn Relays, and ran the third leg of the 2014 gold medal, world record setting 4x400 World Championships team. Kind merits his strong work ethic and belief in himself for his growth toward his goal of being a world-class athlete.

When not training and competing, Kind enjoys video games, reading, writing, photography, and spending time with his girlfriend of three years. He also spends time at the gym and in the community. At the gym, he trains five people to reach their athletic goals, and has spoken to three area high schools about life. Kind hopes to inspire kids to achieve through his work on and off the track.