PORT ST. LUCIE PEOPLE
Arizona after college, lived in California for three years,
the Midwest for seven years and ended up in Florida for 15
years. Most of those years were spent with the Boys and Girls
Club, which is how he ended up on the Treasure Coast.
“I spent two years at the Boys and Girls Club of Fort Pierce
before I joined the recreational team at the City of Port St.
Lucie,” he explained. “And I had 10 wonderful years with the
City of Port St. Lucie before my retirement just two years ago.”
One of his duties as recreation supervisor for the city was
to recruit and manage hundreds of volunteers.
“When I started, one of the biggest challenges was getting
volunteers for the basketball program,” Roberts said. “We
only had the Minsky gym and the PSL Civic Center available,
so we expanded our program out to the schools in order to
serve more children.
“Finding dependable volunteers to coach, score and assist
with running the leagues was a full time job itself. It was up
to me to manage their time scheduling and make sure they
were committed, because without them the children would
be the ones deprived.”
Having been with the recreation department for so many
years, Roberts knew of all the volunteer opportunities out
there for retirees.
“Volunteering at the Saints Golf Course was a no brainer for
me,” Roberts said. “I love to play golf and I love the companionship
of the golfers. Not only do I get to socialize while I’m
helping golfers with their gear, but I get the perk of playing
golf on my days off for free. It’s really a win-win situation.”
O’Kelley presented Roberts with a basket of golf goodies
and an enormous tray of desserts and pastries.
Family: Married with two sons
Education: Bachelor of science
degrees in leisure services and
secondary education from Arizona
Hobbies: “I love golfing, walking my dog and tinkering with
projects around the house.”
What inspires you? “Giving back to the community and
Something people don’t know about you: “I played high
school and college football and we only lost one game in four
years of high school and one game in four years of college.”
“I left all the edible treats at the pro shop for everyone
to share,” Roberts said. “I wasn’t going to take that home
because I’d end up at the dentist for sure. Besides, all of the
volunteers share in this honor.”
National Philanthropy Day is celebrated in more than 500
locations across the United States, Canada and Mexico. The
Treasure Coast Chapter has hosted its National Philanthropy
Day celebration since 1995.
Since its inception, nearly 200 outstanding groups and individuals
from the Treasure Coast have joined the elite group of
recipients. The volunteers and donors are nominated by their
peers and honored at small gatherings during a multiweek
celebration in November. Roberts was one of six philanthropic
volunteers nominated for the unsung hero award in
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