It’s never a bad situation when you can’t decide between who has done “good” and “gooder.”
And yet, that was precisely the situation the Revolution faced this year when determining the team’s annual Humanitarian of the Year. Two candidates emerged head and shoulders above their teammates, and picking between the two players just didn’t seem right given what they had accomplished this year.
So, the team didn’t choose.
And as a result, the team has Co-Humanitarian of the Year award winners this year: Zak Boggs and Matt Reis.
Boggs’ work in Dr. Marsha Moses’ lab at Children’s Hospital has the potential to solve one of humanity’s greatest evils: cancer. Each week, Boggs travels into Boston and sets up in Moses’ lab, researching potential cancer diagnostics and prognostics. Specifically, he’s helping Moses and her staff attempt to find proteins in the body that would more clearly identify someone who has cancer from someone who does not.
Not only has Boggs been a fixture in Moses’ lab since 2010 – when a concussion sidelined him for the entire second half of the MLS season – but Boggs has also been a regular visitor to patients at Children’s Hospital through the team’s monthly visits.
Many times, after stopping by group activity rooms and several patients’ rooms to spread some cheer with teammates, Boggs would head straight to Moses’ lab to contribute to the research into the evening.
Reis, a nine-year veteran of the Revs, launched the Matt Reis Charity Golf Challenge this year, and hopes to make it an annual event. While many athletes establish fundraisers for charities, few take as hands-on of an approach as Reis did this year. Working through the Johnny Damon Foundation, Reis was involved in every aspect of launching and running his golf tournament, which was held Sept. 19, at Shaker Hills Golf Club in Harvard, Mass.
With celebrities on board including Damon, Nomar Garciaparra, Jay Heaps, Leslie Osborne, Taylor Twellman, Comcast SportsNet anchor Kevin Walsh and teammates Benny Feilhaber, A.J. Soares and Chris Tierney, Reis and his wife Nicole hosted 15 foursomes and raised almost $70,000 through the tournament and night-before Pairings Party at The House of Blues.
A trio of local charities will be the beneficiaries of Reis’ hard work and will receive donations once the final proceeds are determined: Children’s Hospital Boston, Grassroot Soccer and the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. All three organizations are close to the Reis’ hearts for personal reasons.