Playing soccer is fun, but one local player has his sights set on a cause a little more lofty: curing cancer.
New England Revolution midfielder Zak Boggs is retiring from soccer to puruse a career in medical research, according to the team. Boggs was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to attend Leicester University in England.
The 25-year-old, who was a second-round pick for the team back in 2010, made 29 appearances for the team over three seasons, but his passion for medicine was well-known.
He won the MLS Humanitarian of the Year award in 2011 when he helped perform cancer research at Boston Children’s Hopsital.
Roughly 8,000 Fulbright Scholarships are given out each year by the United States government to encourage study abroad, and Boggs will enroll at Leicester in the fall.
Thumbnail photo via Twitter/@ZakBoggs