In a touching ceremony over winter break, former student and athlete Jamie Roberts’ jersey was retired. The ceremony took place on Saturday, Jan. 10 in the Michael P. O’Briend Athletics and Recreation Center (ARC) arena during the basketball doubleheader. A reception was held at the Upper Commons in Montgomery Hall following the women’s game.
The game, which was against Southern Virginia University, was particularly emotional due to Jamie’s participation on the basketball team for all of her years at St. Mary’s (in addition to her particpation on the soccer and lacrosse fields) and her status as an all-conference player in basketball (and lacrosse).
The Seahawks honored her life by retiring her #24 jersey, which she wore in both basketball and soccer.
Jamie passed on Friday, June 13 of this past year in the midst of a 4K for Cancer bike ride from Baltimore to Portland.
In a statement from the Ulman Cancer Fund (which runs 4K for Cancer), CEO Brock Yetso said, “Jamie’s selflessness, her commitment to serving others and her deep devotion to her friends, family and fellow riders was apparent to everyone who knew her. All of us at the Ulman Cancer Fund extend our deepest condolences to Jamie’s family, whose grief must be boundless at this time. We, and all of our 4K for Cancer riders, will carry Jamie’s memory with us in our hearts as we continue serving the mission that Jamie cared so deeply about.”
The statement also revealed that “the Roberts family wishes for any donations to be made to The Ulman Cancer Fund in honor of Jamie Roberts and the 4K for Cancer Portland Team.”
Donations can be made here: http://4kforcancer.org/profiles/jamie-roberts
Jamie’s original fundraising goal was $6,000. In a true testament to the impact Jamie had on those in her life, at the time this article was written, donations in her honor had reached $310,785.00.
According to an article by SMCM Athletics, St. Mary’s Athletics Director Scott Devine presented the Athletic Director’s Award to her, and said, “No matter what the sport, Jamie has been an ideal teammate, a true student-athlete, and a wonderful leader in her own right.”
He continued, saying, “This speaks volumes to Jamie’s character, her likeability, and her all around athleticism. She will be leaving a very special Seahawk athletic legacy behind.”