ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. - On Saturday, Sept. 7, St. Mary's College of Maryland will celebrate the dedication of its newest, state-of-the-art facility in honor of Jamie L. Roberts.
A 2011 graduate of St. Mary's, Roberts was a three-sport standout in women's soccer, women's basketball and women's lacrosse for the Seahawks before spending three years as an assistant women's basketball coach and athletics communications assistant at Catholic.
Tragically, Jamie passed away on June 13, 2014 while participating in the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults' 4K for Cancer bike ride across America. She and another rider were hit by a truck traveling along US 25 N in Scott County, Kentucky.
Whenever the women's basketball teams from St. Mary's and Catholic meet in competition, the two teams remember Roberts through the One Bird Initiative. In addition, Catholic has hosted an annual holiday tournament every year since 2009, but renamed it in honor of Roberts in 2014.
Jamie L. Roberts Stadium, which will serve as the home to the St. Mary's soccer, field hockey and lacrosse programs, consists of a grass athletic field, an artificial turf field surrounded by a running track, seating for 800 spectators per field and a two-story stadium building which will contain team rooms, a training room, press boxes, concession stand, hospitality room, VIP box seats and restrooms for spectators. A spectator concourse is featured on the second floor of the stadium.
Open to the public, the official dedication ceremony begins at 12:30 p.m., at the stadium facility located across Mattapany Road from the Michael P. O'Brien Athletics and Recreation Center. The ceremony will include a kickoff parade, special remarks and the induction of Jamie L. Roberts posthumously into the St. Mary's College Athletic Hall of Fame.