SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Real Salt Lake named goalkeeper Zac MacMath as 2021 Humanitarian of the Year Jordan Guernsey.
“Zac has been a great representative of the RSL Waym,” says Kyle Schroeder, RSL Community Director. “He jumped at any opportunity to volunteer his time and effort to strengthen the fabric of our community. “
Some of the organizations MacMath has been involved with include Special Olympics Utah and Unified Champion Schools.
MacMath was influenced by his parents who are mental health professionals and work with the homeless and veterans. Earlier in the year, he competed in an RSL Special Olympics event at the Rio Tinto stadium. He also represented RSL in the Healing Fields Project which commemorates the events of September 11, 2001.
The Colorado Rapids named MacMath Humanitarian of the Year in 2017 and 2018 for his participation in the team’s unified Special Olympics program, where he served as a mentor to athletes. He has also participated in football clinics for the military and local nonprofit organizations. His efforts have resulted in donations to the American Heart Association with the Transamerica Saves Campaign.
In 2015, RSL received the Humanitarian of the Year award in honor of the late fan Jordan Guernsey who also did community work. Guernsey’s wife Paola and her children present the award to each player honored that year.
Macmath will receive the award ahead of his game against the San Jose earthquake on October 30 in a pre-game ceremony.
Over the past three years, Kyle Beckerman has won the award.