CHRISTIAN ROBERTS: MORE THAN BASKETBALL
On January 28, 2019, the Stevenson University community lost an iconic student leader and alumni, Christian Deon Roberts. To many who knew him, Roberts was a friend, brother, uncle, nephew, leader, and an overall inspiration. He made a difference in many of the lives around him, lifting the Mustang basketball program to new levels, impacting Baltimore’s homeless community through shoe drives, and selflessly loving and caring for everyone around him.
From 2012-2016, Roberts emerged as a basketball star for the university’s program under coach Gary Stewart’s leadership. He was a three-time MAC Commonwealth All-Conference team member and was the league’s Rookie of the Year in 2012-13. Roberts was also named the 2012-13 ECAC Division III South Rookie of the Year. Starting all 109 games in which he played, Roberts totaled 1,488 points, ranking him third in program history. His 181 career three-pointers are second in the Mustang record books, while he also finished his career with 316 assists and 174 steals. Creating a new nickname for himself as Christian “Splash” Roberts, Roberts graduated from Stevenson University with a degree in business administration in 2016.
A MISSION TO SERVE
Roberts developed a heart for service and volunteering not because he had to, but because it was natural for his character. He worked at several children’s summer camps as a camp counselor, served as a junior coach around local high schools, and traveled with his church youth group to help rebuild homes after the Hurricane Katrina disaster. During and after college, Roberts organized shoe and clothes drives, assisted in food banks, delivered food baskets to families in need, and collected toiletries to send to those in Africa.
In addition, he made an effort to physically meet the needs of the homeless community in Baltimore. As a result of his mission to serve, he developed his own non-profit organization called “Mind & Body” to help young people develop their bodies mentally and physically to be successful in sports for free. Furthermore, Roberts received an award from the Maryland General Assembly, honoring his commitment to his community on February 7, 2019, in memory and celebration of his life.
Those who knew Roberts knew he loved his family. He spent a lot of time with his nieces and nephews and actively encouraged them. He supported his family and friends and became known as “everyone’s best friend.” He outwardly demonstrated his love for people and his faith while making an infectious difference upon all he encountered.
Roberts was deeply loved by his family and friends. He is survived by his parents, Donald, Jr. and Wanda Roberts; grandparents Donald and Irene Roberts, Barbara and Nathaniel Thomas; his siblings, Marcus (Markia) Roberts and Shayla (Rodney) Caldwell; nieces and nephews Marcus Roberts Jr., Mackenzie Roberts, Josiah Caldwell, Eli Caldwell, Nathaniel Caldwell, and Abigail Caldwell.
The Stevenson University community offers condolences and thanks to the Roberts family and friends.