Zak Boggs, a former Parkersburg high school athlete, received the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup Tuesday at a ceremony in Atlanta.
The award is given by “Athletes for a Better World,” a non-profit organization committed to changing the culture of American sports.
In its previous five years, the Cup has been given to athletes like Peyton Manning, John Smoltz, Cal Ripken, Jr., John Lynch and Andrea Yaeger.
It is recognized as one of the most coveted awards in all of sports.
Boggs plays soccer for the University of South Florida. He was one of five athletes named as finalists for this year’s award. One of the other finalists was Colt McCoy who plays football for the University of Texas.
The award is named for long-time UCLA basketball coach, John Wooden, one of the most successful coaches in the history of collegiate sports.
Zak Boggs, son of Dr. and Mrs. Joe Boggs, left PHS after his junior year in order to graduate from the IMG Soccer Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
According to Don Fosselman, his soccer coach at PHS, Boggs is a “wonderful young man, very driven, goal-oriented, and even back then, he had dreams that would not be denied.”
Boggs finished an impressive college soccer career at the University of South Florida with 5 goals and 5 assists in his final season.
He was drafted by the New England Revolution on Jan. 14 in the 2nd round of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft.
The professional contract is another addition to Boggs’ already impressive career, including a place on the Big East All-Tournament Team in 2008 and Big East Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors in 2009.
Bogg’s younger sister, Tori, is also an accomplished soccer player and world-class rope-jumper, Fosselman said.