The junior from Wichita, Kan. is the first Missouri State men's swimmer to receive the Valley honor
Feb. 26, 2013
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Missouri State junior Jared Roberts has been selected as one of 10 recipients of the Missouri Valley Conference Leadership & Service Award, the league announced on Tuesday (Feb. 26). Formerly the Good Neighbor Award, the honor was established by the Valley to recognize the achievements of its exceptional student-athletes.
Roberts, who competes on the Bears' men's swimming & diving team, is double-majoring in criminal justice and business, and has made the MSU Athletics Director's Honor Roll every semester. In his first season eligible for the award, Roberts was named to the Academic All-MAC first team.
"Jared has been a great student-athlete in our program as well as an ambassador of Missouri State," head swimming & diving coach Dave Collins said of Roberts. "His work ethic is second to none. For him to receive such a prestigious honor says a lot about his character and impact on others on campus and in the community."
Around the University, Roberts is an executive board member for the Missouri State Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) chapter and has been heavily involved in student government while on campus. The junior is a Student Government Association (SGA) senator and is also a member of the Civic Advancement Committee.
He has also been active in the community volunteering for organizations such Meals-A-Million, Salvation Army and Ozark Food Harvest.
The Wichita, Kan. product has been just as busy in the water and will defend his MAC title in the 1650 free for the second year in a row at the 2013 MAC Championships. As a sophomore, the two-time All-MAC first team selection won the mile and achieved an NCAA `B' cut with his Missouri State record time of 15:16.67. He finished the season ranked 50th in the nation in the event and earned CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major All-American honorable mention accolades.
This season, Roberts has the second-fastest 1650 free mark in the conference, just behind freshman teammate Miguel Davila.
In order to be eligible for the award, the student-athlete must be in good academic standing, must demonstrate good citizenship through good sportsmanship and significant community service, and must participate in a sport, during the season of recognition. The Valley recognizes 10 student-athletes three times annually (fall, winter, spring), for a total of 30 honorees. Institutions select their MVC Leadership & Service Award honorees.
Previous Missouri State Winners of the MVC Leadership & Service Award:
Fall 2007 - Carrie Vestal, Sr., Women's Cross Country
Winter 2007-08 - Amy Crowder, Sr., Women's Swimming & Diving
Spring 2008 - Chris Playter, Jr., Baseball
Fall 2008 - David Arkin, So., Football
Winter 2008-09 - Roxy Stiles, Jr., Women's Basketball
Spring 2009 - Jen Carr, Sr., Softball
Fall 2009 - Terry Phillips, So., Women's Cross Country/Track & Field
Winter 2009-10 - Will Creekmore, Jr., Men's Basketball
Spring 2010 - Scott Glenn, Jr., Men's Golf
Fall 2010 - Heath Melugin, Jr., Men's Soccer
Winter 2010-11 - Rene Smith, Sr., Women's Swimming & Diving
Spring 2011 - Emily Matthews, Jr., Women's Golf
Fall 2011 - Ashlee Mason, So., Volleyball
Winter 2011-12 - Christiana Shorter, Jr., Women's Basketball
Spring 2012 - Emily Beaver, Jr., Women's Cross Country/Track & Field
Fall 2012 - Chelsea Voet, Sr., Women's Soccer