Football: WVU's Roberts Honored

  • By Erin Huddleston
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  • May 20, 2011 07:23 PM
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AUSTIN, TEXAS - Daron Roberts, West Virginia University wide receivers football coach and founder of the “4th and 1” football camps that are held in Mount Pleasant, Texas and East Lansing, Mich., will be recognized by the Texas Exes, The University of Texas’ Alumni Association, at the 2011 Outstanding Young Texas Ex award ceremony on May 21.

The award, inaugurated in 1980 by the Texas Exes, annually recognizes four young alumni who are distinguished in their fields and have demonstrated a continuing interest in The University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Exes.

Roberts, a native of Mount Pleasant, Texas, graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2001 with bachelor’s degrees in Plan II honors and government. He went on to earn a master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard JFK School of Public Affairs in 2004 and a doctor of jurisprudence from Harvard Law School in 2007. Passionate about football and eager to coach at the professional level, Roberts moved to Kansas City after graduating from Harvard to volunteer for the NFL Kansas City Chiefs on special teams. After one year with the Chiefs, he was hired as defensive quality control assistant with the Chiefs. In 2009, Roberts left the Chiefs and joined the Detroit Lions as an assistant secondary coach. In March, Roberts was hired by West Virginia University as the wide receivers coach.

In 2010, Roberts started a non-profit called 4th and 1. The mission of 4th and 1 is to propel student-athletes through high school and college by providing them with individualized athletic, academic, and professional skills development. The organization puts on a free football camp in Mount Pleasant, Texas, and East Lansing, Mich., for high school sophomores from underrepresented groups. It is the only football camp in North America to balance sports training with SAT prep and diagnostics, professional development, creative workshops, and life skills.

There will be three Outstanding Young Texas Exes honored at the event in addition to Roberts, including: Craig Allen, creative director at Wieden+Kennedy; Veronica Vargas Stidvent, lecturer and program director at The University of Texas McCombs School of Business; and Shaarik H. Zafar, deputy chief of the Countering Violent Extremism Group at the National Counterterrorism Center.

The Texas Exes was founded in 1885. The mission of the Texas Exes is to unite, inform and involve alumni and friends for the purpose of promoting, protecting and preserving The University of Texas at Austin. Today there are about 93,000 members whom the association strives to connect to each other and to the past, present and future of the University through career counseling, travel, reunions, continuing education, fellowship, legislative advocacy in support of higher education and The Alcalde magazine. For more information on the Texas Exes or to become a member, visit TexasExes.org


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