2013 MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year Nominees
Dan Kennedy – Chivas USA
Matt Lampson – Columbus Crew
Marvell Wynne – Colorado Rapids
Dwayne De Rosario – D.C. United
Stephen Keel – FC Dallas
Brian Ching – Houston Dynamo
Sean Franklin – LA Galaxy
Jeb Brovsky – Montreal Impact
Matt Reis – New England Revolution
Michael Lahoud – Philadelphia Union
Brent Richards – Portland Timbers
Chris Wingert – Real Salt Lake
Jon Busch – San Jose Earthquakes
Lamar Neagle – Seattle Sounders FC
Aurelien Collin – Sporting Kansas City
Jeremy Hall – Toronto FC
Jordan Harvey – Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Gonzalo Segares, Chicago Fire
Segares has devoted his time to bettering the Chicagoland community, serving as a spokesperson for Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network, was featured in the Chicago Department of Health’s campaign to promote the importance of receiving a flu shot and participated in the Chicago Pride Parade. Segares works with the Chicago Fire Foundation by donating his time to the Art of Futbol, Brews and Bites, and Soccer & Style Fashion Show fundraising events.
Dan Kennedy, Chivas USA
Chivas USA goalkeeper & team captain Dan Kennedy’s superb work, talent, leadership and performance goes beyond the field. In 2012, Kennedy returned from the St. Jude’s Headquarters in Memphis, Tenn. determined to continue making a difference at a local level. Throughout the year, Kennedy has visited many cancer patients and survivors and their families to help bring a smile to their face. Kennedy works with the Teammates for Kids (Garth Brooks Foundation) to help build fun zones for kids in hospitals and play centers for kids in hospitals. Kennedy helped raise +$39,000 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research. Most recently, Kennedy has joined the International Labour Organization’s Red Card to Child Labour campaign to raise awareness about child labor.
Matt Lampson, Columbus Crew
MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Month for September, goalkeeper Matt Lampson has worked all season as the spokesperson for the Central Ohio Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Chapter after the 24-year-old beat Stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma six years ago. His fundraising efforts yielded more than $14,000 for the annual Light The Night Walk, an event he co-chaired.
Marvell Wynne, Colorado Rapids
One of the Rapids’ longest-serving and highest-profile players, Marvell Wynne is also a regular presence at community and charity events throughout the Denver area. He has worked with kids at Mount Saint Vincent Home (serving emotionally and phyisically abused children), the National Sports Center for the Disabled, and Special Olympics Colorado, and engaged with his love of animals at local adoption agencies.
Dwayne De Rosario, D.C. United
A decorated 13-year veteran of Major League Soccer, Dwayne De Rosario has made numerous contributions to the D.C. community since joining United in 2011. In 2013, De Rosario donated $10,000 to the “Kicks for Kids” program and was featured as a main spokesperson for MLS’ “Don’t Cross the Line” campaign. In October, De Rosario was rewarded for his service with MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Month honors.
Stephen Keel, FC Dallas
Mentored students at Hunt Middle School, spending 60-90 minutes every Thursday April-May with at-risk students… Worked with the FC Dallas Foundation to teach community kids healthy habits with Get Fit Kids, and taught soccer skills at a clinic for the Boys and Girls Club… Helped raise funds for the FC Dallas Foundation with Celebrity Bartending at Pub Partners and raised funds for America SCORES Dallas at a special Billy Reid Fall Fashion Event… In September visited kids at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital as part of Project Sunshine.
Brian Ching, Houston Dynamo
Brian Ching has connected with the Houston community since 2006, supporting several causes and acting as a community champion. This year Ching spearheaded two initiatives, Ching’s Champions & The House that Ching Built. In July, he led 60 volunteers at the Houston Food Bank to pack 22,500 relief boxes. In May, he worked with volunteers to refurbish a home in Houston’s East End neighborhood. Ching also led fire station visits and fundraising efforts totaling $21,000 for the Houston Fire Department after the tragic southwest Houston fire in May.
Jeb Brovsky, Montreal Impact
Jeb Brovsky continues his outstanding work within the local and international community, helping disadvantaged children. His most recent endeavor, piloted by his non-profit organization Peace Pandemic, was to raise money in order to bring 400 disadvantaged children from Guatemala - many of whom were orphans - to the Impact Champions League game versus CD Heredia in Guatemala City. Along with a supporters group dedicated to him called the Jebi Knights, Brovsky was able to raise enough money to buy tickets, provide transportation and purchase a number of Impact souvenirs to children, some of whom he encountered on his trip to Guatemala last Christmas, as he used soccer and workshops to empower young girls and educate boys on the treatment of women.
Matt Reis, New England Revolution
For 16 years in MLS, Matt Reis has made his living making saves. But on April 15, 2013, he made the greatest save of his life: saving his father-in-law’s life at the Boston Marathon bombings. Later in August, he raised more than $125,000 for the John Odom Recovery Fund at his annual golf tournament. WATCH FOR MORE INFO: http://nerevs.us/pzEH7
Luis Robles, New York Red Bulls
Off the pitch, Robles is active in the community, making it a point to visit children's hospitals once a month no matter how hectic his schedule may be. Robles regularly offers a helping hand at clinics and training programs for underprivileged children, community relations efforts on behalf of the Red Bulls, and still maintains ties with his hometown in Arizona with a series of clinics. Robles is also heavily involved in the national initiative known as Athletes in Action, an organization that uses sports as a platform to help answer questions about faith and religion.
Michael Lahoud, Philadelphia Union
Michael Lahoud partners with Schools for Salone to build schools in war-ravaged Sierra Leone, from where he fled at age six. Additionally, Michael worked with Bresee Foundation to bring five underprivileged boys from California to Pennsylvania for a Union match, training session and day out with Union players. Next year children from Chester will go out to California.
Brent Richards, Portland Timbers
Brent Richards has been very active in the greater-Portland community during the season, from planting trees to coaching youth, lending his positive attitude to upwards of 15 community activities between March and October. He participated in an Earth Day Service project in conjunction with MLS WORKS in April to complete a beautification project at Hosford Middle School as part of the league’s Greener Goals initiative and helped make plastic bag soccer balls at Kateri Park as part of the Timbers Stand Together Week. Additionally, Richards helped raise more than $4,000 for cancer research through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and walked in support of Timbers legend Jimmy Conway in the 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer's. Through his numerous local appearances, Brent has proved to be a great role model for youth.
Chris Wingert, Real Salt Lake
Chris Wingert is one of the club’s most dedicated and involved players in the community. Throughout the year, Chris works with multiple organizations that address a variety of issues. Chris volunteers with Hope Kids, hosting soccer events for kids who suffer from life-threatening illnesses; makes regular visits to the Primary Children’s Medical Center; runs soccer clinics for the Boys and Girls Club; leads acceptance campaigns in elementary schools, promoting diversity and inclusion; and educates families about skin cancer through the Utah Health Department and Utah Cancer Action Network.
Jon Busch, San Jose Earthquakes
Busch donates $50 for every save he makes to the Navy SEAL Foundation. He also created a special Saves for SEALs section at the club’s Military Appreciation Night at Stanford Stadium for the California Clasico and raised $3,300. Including auction items and other fundraisers, Busch has generated $17,500 for the Navy SEAL Foundation in 2013.
Lamar Neagle, Seattle Sounders FC
The 2013 Sounders FC Humanitarian of the Year, Lamar Neagle has been proactive with the club’s charity partners, particularly America SCORES Seattle and the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County. Neagle has also founded his own charitable program, The Lamar Neagle Foundation. He has participated in more than 25 community activities this season, and was named the MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Month for August.
Aurelien Collin, Sporting Kansas City
All-Star defender Aurelien Collin also stands out off the field as a model representative in the community. Aurelien goes above and beyond to support children battling life-threatening illnesses with voluntary visits during treatment and a commitment to continuing connections outside the hospital. He’s joined sports practices, taken shopping trips, attended fundraisers and become a friend to many kids in need.
Jeremy Hall, Toronto FC
Jeremy is one of TFC’s club ambassadors for the MLSE Kick Start program, a free eight-week grass roots soccer program designed to provide soccer to children less fortunate in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area). Jeremy was also a chaperone for The Hospital for Sick Children’s annual prom, where he accompanied patients to their prom. On top of these two milestones, Jeremy also participated in a number of community events through the course of the season.
Jordan Harvey, Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Jordan Harvey has been an excellent ambassador for Whitecaps FC. The defender has supported a number of charitable efforts, while serving the ‘Caps community. Highlights include a visit to BC Children’s Hospital, a special musical performance at the Coast Salish Hope and Health extravaganza, and an improv acting performance at Camp Goodtimes, a camp for youth affected by cancer.