RENTON, Wash. – Seattle Sounders FC announced today forward Lamar Neagle has been selected as the 2013 Sounders FC Humanitarian of the Year in recognition of his commitment to community service. Neagle made more than 25 appearances in the community this season and started his own charitable program, The Neagle Foundation.
Neagle, 26, was named the MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Month for August. The award recognized Neagle’s involvement in the community, including work with America SCORES and the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County. His work with America SCORES Seattle included attending meetings, donating soccer clinics and helping to raise awareness for their 60-60-60 campaign. He also set up a meeting with SCORES and Russell Investment Group representatives on his own.
A member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County as a youth, Neagle has returned the service, appearing at the Renton/Skyway Boys & Girls Club as well as the annual breakfast. In starting The Neagle Foundation, he established a program to provide support to youth through athletics and academics while building stronger families and communities throughout the Seattle area.
Neagle has also participated in events at Thomas Jefferson High School - his alma mater - and spent time with service men and women at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Among other activities that he has participated in this season includes the United Way of King County All-Star Softball Classic for homeless youth and the Sounders FC International Family Festival.
Neagle earned the club honors for the first time in his career. Forward David Estrada won the award in 2012, defender James Riley earned the honors in 2010 and 2011, and defender Taylor Graham was named the club’s first Humanitarian of the Year in 2009.
Neagle will be eligible for the MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Year.