November 3, 2016

Matt Lampson Named MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year

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Nov. 3, 2016

NEW YORK – (November 3, 2016) Major League Soccer today named former Buckeye and Chicago Fire goalkeeper Matt Lampson the 2016 MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year, presented by AdvoCare.

Diagnosed with Stage 4B Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 17, Lampson underwent six rounds of chemotherapy and 12 rounds of radiation before he was declared cancer free on Sept. 24, 2007.

Inspired by his own battle with cancer, Lampson created The LampStrong Foundation in 2014, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing difference-making financial, emotional and motivational support to cancer patients and their families. The foundation has raised more than $30,000 to date and Lampson has worked tirelessly to positively influence the lives of those battling cancer and encourage survivors to make the most of their second chance at life. Now nine-years cancer free, Lampson expanded his Hero Program to Chicago, hosting survivors and patients at Fire home and away games, helping the kids and families find a break from the emotional and physical grind of dealing with cancer treatments and its effects.

“Giving back to our communities is a pillar of Major League Soccer, and every year players across our League display tremendous commitments to making a positive impact,” said JoAnn Neale, Chief Administrative Officer, Major League Soccer. “Matt Lampson has been a model for these efforts, and is a inspiration for so many in the fight against cancer. We are proud to honor Matt as the 2016 MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year.”

The 27-year-old signed with the Fire on Feb. 26, 2016. In 11 regular season appearances for the Men in Red, Lampson earned three shutouts and set a club record with a 412-minute shutout streak from March 11 to April 16. The Hilliard, Ohio native finished the season sixth in the league with a 72.4 saves percentage.

Lampson signed a Homegrown Contract with Columbus Crew SC on Dec. 15, 2011 after a standout collegiate career at Ohio State University, where he appeared in 56 matches, posting an OSU record 0.86 goals-against average and 24 shutouts, which ranks second on the school’s all-time list.

Over the course of four seasons, Lampson appeared in 26 matches for Crew SC and seven while on loan with USL sides Pittsburgh Riverhounds and Charlotte Independence before joining the Fire.

“AdvoCare congratulates Matt Lampson, goalkeeper for the Chicago Fire, for being named this year’s MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year,” says Allison Levy, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer for AdvoCare. “AdvoCare has a strong foundation of philanthropy and giving back and we are proud to partner with MLS WORKS to present this special honor.”

In recognition of Lampson’s efforts, MLS WORKS will donate $5,000 to The LampStrong Foundation.

MLS Humanitarian of the Year Winners:
2016: Matt Lampson (Chicago Fire)
2015: Kei Kamara (Columbus Crew SC)
2014: AJ DeLaGarza (LA Galaxy)
2013: Matt Reis (New England Revolution)
2012: Chris Seitz (FC Dallas)
2011: Zak Boggs (New England Revolution)
2010: Seth Stammler (New York Red Bulls)
2009: Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards); Logan Pause (Chicago Fire)
2008: Jose Burciaga Jr. (Colorado Rapids)
2007: Diego Gutierrez (Chicago Fire)
2006: Michael Parkhurst (New England Revolution)
2005: Brian Kamler (Real Salt Lake)
2004: Chris Henderson (Colorado Rapids)
2003: Ben Olsen (D.C. United)
2002: Steve Jolley (MetroStars)
2001: Tim Howard (MetroStars)
2000: Abdul Thompson Conteh (San Jose Earthquakes)