ALL the News about
Mormons, Mormonism
and the LDS Church
Mormon News: All the News about Mormons, Mormonism and the LDS Church
For week ended January 31, 1999 Posted 2 Feb 1999
Site Index Mormon Groups Local News Other Mormon Churches Internet People Business Sports Arts & Entertainment Politics Media Attention Service History & Scripture Finance & Legal Stake & Local CES/BYU/SVC Missions & Temples General Authorities Churchwide News Upcoming Events Home Site Index Archives



Mormon News By E-Mail!
About Mormon News by E-mail


List Rules

List Archives

About Mormon News

Reporting Bad Links

Finding Bad Links
Mormon Shot-putter Roberts sets his sights on nationals

Summarized by Eric Bunker

Shot-putter Roberts sets his sights on nationals
BYU Daily Universe 26Jan99
By Drew Packham: NewsNet Sports Writer

Texas naive and BYU student/athlete/actor, Jim Roberts calls himself "happy-go-lucky". His father calls him "Boog." He's even close to landing the part to play Jesus in the upcoming Church produced sequel to "Legacy."

While this recently returned Panamanian missionary may be the happiest guy on campus, the sophomore shot-put thrower is anything but lucky. Instead, he's one of the hardest-working athletes around.

Jim is looking to be one of the nation's top shot-put contenders. Two weeks ago at the Snake River Open, he set a personal record of 59-8, which also serves as an NCAA provisional qualifying distance. Jim feels optimistic about his chances of making the national meet. He has a goal of going to the 2004 Olympics.

Athletic competition is nothing new to the Roberts family. Jim's father, who is in the Texas A & M Hall of Fame for the shot-put. Jim's dad built a shot and discus ring on his 25-acre farm for his boys. It was there that a young eight-year-old Jim found his love for throwing a weighted ball.

"I love what I do," Roberts said. "I never get bored of it. One of my greatest points of the day is when I go out there and throw. When I get to practice I'm in such a happy mood."

At Shepherd High School in Texas, Roberts became a large success not by luck, but by what he calls a strong work ethic. "You don't get anything in this life without working for it," Roberts said. "Being lazy won't get you anywhere in this world."

Mark Robison, an assistant coach at BYU, said Roberts has the potential to become a special member of the team. "He has such a huge work ethic," Robison said. "He's definitely going to be amazing. He'll definitely be an all-American -- how many years is yet to be seen. We're just very fortunate to have him here."

Jim, who in his senior year of high school was ranked No. 1 in the state in the shot, had several scholarship offers from around the country. The one he was most interested in was from his father's alma mater, Texas A&M. "I wanted so badly to go to A&M," he recalled. "Being raised in Texas as an Aggie fan going to football games, I loved it. So that was my number one option."

However, Texas A & M only offered him a partial scholarship and a disappointed Jim ended up at BYU. In hindsight, he's glad it worked out the way it did. "That was a hard decision for me," he said. "My dad didn't like that either because he wanted me to carry on the tradition (at A&M). But the more I think about it, BYU is the place for me. I love it here. It's a lot of fun."

In high school, Jim was not only active in track, basketball and football, but also in acting. While claiming not to be directly involved with drama, he was in several plays and roadshows. Currently, he's had four callbacks for the difficult role of Jesus in the new "Legacy".

Jim does credit his mission to Panama for a lot of his personal growth. "I learned a lot about service," he said. "Everything you do is directed toward serving the people, so you really gain a love for them. I just love being with people and helping them any way I can."

Copyright 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 Kent Larsen · Privacy Information