Catholic University Coach Killed Bicycling for Cancer Research
June 17, 2014 Leave a comment
Jamie Roberts, a 24-year-old basketball coach at Catholic University was killed in an accident in Kentucky while riding her bicycle across the country to support cancer research. A truck on a road outside of Lexington, Kentucky, hit Roberts and another cyclist while they were changing a bike tire on the side of U.S. 25, according to a statement from the school. Roberts died at the scene and the other cyclist was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
Roberts is a Rockville native and a 2011 graduate of St. Mary’s College in Maryland. The Ulman Cancer Fund’s 4k for Cancer charity ride began in Baltimore and Roberts’ intention was to travel more than 4,000 miles to Portland, Oregon.
“It came as little surprise to anyone who knew Jamie when she quietly revealed how she had taken up the daunting challenge of riding her bike some 4,400 miles from Baltimore to Portland to contribute to improving the quality of life for others,” Catholic University athletic director Sean Sullivan wrote in a statement. “With little fanfare, she took on this remarkable physical and emotional quest because she felt as though others were in need and she could help.”
Roberts was an assistant coach for Catholic’s women’s basketball team and was the school’s assistant sports information director. “Jamie was an incredible mentor to our young women and friend to us all,” said Matthew Donohue, CUA’s head women’s basketball coach. “In typical Jamie fashion, she was spending her summer dedicating herself to assisting others who have been dealt some very challenging life hurdles.”
Jamie Roberts’ family has asked that donations be made to the Ulman Cancer Fund in her name, honoring her wish to “help raise awareness and make a difference in someone’s life.
“I would love nothing more than to inspire someone else,” she wrote on her fundraising page. If you would like to donate in her name, visit Jamie Roberts’ fundraising page on the 4kForCancer website.