Zak Boggs, IMG Academy soccer program alum, was awarded the 2011 MLS W.O.R.K.S Humanitarian of the Year award for his work in a cancer research lab.
Boggs attended IMG Academy before attending University of South Florida where he got his degree in biomedical science while at the same time being honored as a Rhodes scholar candidate. Boggs was then drafted by the New England Revolution in 2010.
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NEW YORK - Major League Soccer named New England Revolution midfielder Zak Boggs as the 2011 MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Year on Wednesday.
Boggs received the award for volunteering his time in assisting with cancer research at Children's Hospital Boston. The hospital's cancer research laboratory will receive a $5,000 donation from MLS W.O.R.K.S on behalf of the Revs midfielder.
Boggs finished first in voting conducted with members of the media, MLS players and club representatives. The other two finalists were San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski, who finished second, and Houston Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis. Kansas City's Kei Kamara and Seattle's James Riley rounded out the top five.
Each week, under the supervision of Dr. Marsha Moses, Boggs volunteers in the hospital's research laboratory, assisting in efforts to identify potential cancer diagnostics and prognostics and cancer-indicating proteins in the body. He is also a regular visitor at the Children's Hospital during the Revs' monthly team visits. Boggs was also recognized for his efforts earlier this year as the MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Month for June.