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Overcoming Odds: The Chris Roberts Story


COLBERT, OK --- Chris Roberts is not your average high school baseball player. He can field, hit, pitch and catch but there is one thing he can't do...he can't hear.

"We found out when he was 18 months old and he's worn hearing aids from then on," Chris' mother, Susan Roberts said.

Chris can only hear 30 percent out of one ear but that doesn't stop him from giving 100 percent on the baseball field.

"There's a lot of people that I know that wouldn't have put in the effort that he has. He's overcome a lot and you wouldn't even know that Chris has any sort of hearing problem at all," Lance Britt, Colbert's head baseball coach said.

"He works at it. Not just here but at school but all day long. He hits a ball all day at home. He gets outside with his brothers and hits the ball and catches the ball. That's all he does. He goes to school, he comes home, and plays ball. That's all he's ever known," Susan Roberts said.

Chris has been playing baseball since he was five years old. He is now a freshman at Colbert High School and an intrical part of the baseball program.

"He brings laughs to the team. You can joke around with him and he'll joke right back with you. He's never in a bad mood.He's always fun to be around. He really adapts well. He knows the game of baseball really well. And that's something that's really good to see from a freshman; how good he know he knows the game," Chris' teammate Cade Carter said.

"He's a comedian and he's a good player too. He's a good short stop and a very good pitcher," Chris' teammate Colten Bruce said.

"Chris is a really good athlete. Chris is one of those kids that can play anywhere. I can put him at about any spot on the field and he will succeed. He's a gifted baseball player and I'm looking forward to working with him the next few years," Coach Britt said.

Having a hearing deficiency hasn't interfered with Chris achieving his dreams.

"What do you want to do when you grow up?"

"Baseball player," Chris said.

Chris is close to leading as normal of a life as possible. Thanks to the support of his coaches, teammates and especially his family.

"Whether he can hear me or not, he knows that I'm there and that I'm cheering him on," Susan Roberts said.