Reis wins MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year

Reis wins MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year
November 26, 2013, 4:00 pm
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When the Boston Marathon bombings occured, Revs goalie Matt Reis sprung to action.

On Tuesday Reis was named 2013 MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year today for his life-saving heroics at the Boston Marathon bombings, and his fundraising efforts on behalf of his father-in-law John Odom.

Reis was at the Marathon with his father-in-law moments before the initial blast, then rushed back in that direction after the bombing to tend to Odom, who was critically injured.

Using his belt and jacket as make-shift tourniquets to stem more significant blood loss, Reis curtailed Odom’s blood loss enough for first responders to be brought to Odom.

Odom remained at Boston Medical Center for more than two-and-a-half months before being released to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, where he worked as an outpatient for two-and-a-half more months before finally returning home to Southern California in September.

In August, as Odom recovered from his life-threatening injuries and re-learned to walk, Reis raised more than $125,000 for the John Odom Recovery Fund at his annual golf tournament, where Odom opened the tournament with the ceremonial tee shot.

“Matt has always been a tremendous ambassador for our club, but his actions and response on April 15 really showed how amazing of a person he is,” Revolution president Brian Bilello said in a statement. “Matt has been our team’s humanitarian of the year the last three years for his fundraising efforts for various charities, but this year he absolutely deserves league-wide recognition from his peers, clubs around the league and media.

“Throughout his family’s ordeal with John, Matt balanced everything and continued to be an advocate for the bombing victims while being a leader for our team,” Bilello continued. “His stellar performance at the end of the season just reiterated what a tremendous impact Matt has for our club on and off the field.”