Lexi and Marc Zisselman
By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
February 26, 2014-Maybe Lexi Zisselman’s career path is destined to be in the front office of a pro soccer team or as an executive at a non-profit organization. The New Hyde Park resident has plenty of time to decide as she is only 12 years old and her first attempt at soccer volunteering was a major success.
Lexi hosted Kick for a Cure last Saturday afternoon, February 22 at the Hofstra University Bubble. The fundraiser for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation was Lexi’s bat mitvah project and she had volunteer help from the Albertson Soccer Club, a proud member of both the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) and Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL).
250 local soccer players attended the event and raised in excess of $5,500, in addition to a special friend who donated an extra $2,000, for a grand total of just above $7,500.
Lexi plays for the Albertson Fury ‘01 and her father, Marc Zisselman, is a member of the Albertson Board of Directors. Marc started volunteering for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation after his father Isaac was diagnosed with the disease in 2004. Isaac died a year later at the age of 63, when Lexi was just three years old.
“My grandfather died too young so I hope we can eventually find a cure for multiple myeloma,” Lexi commented.
With 123,843 youth soccer players––68,587 boys and 55,256 girls––and more than 25,000 volunteers, the non-profit Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) stretches from Montauk Point, Long Island to the Canadian border. Members are affiliated with 11 leagues throughout the association, which covers the entire state of New York east of Route 81. ENYYSA exists to promote and enhance the game of soccer for children and teenagers between the ages of 5 and 19 years old, and to encourage the healthy development of youth players, coaches, referees and administrators. All levels of soccer are offered––from intramural, travel team and premier players as well as Special Children. No child who wants to play soccer is turned away. ENYYSA is a proud member of the United States Soccer Federation and United States Youth Soccer Association. For more information, please log on to http://www.enysoccer.com/, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.