By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
November 14, 2012-Hurricane Sandy, the largest Atlantic Ocean hurricane on record, created unprecedented destruction in New York and New Jersey in lost lives and property. More than two weeks later, some families still do not have power or heat. The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) is providing $80,000 in funds for its Hurricane Sandy Relief Program. This effort will be accomplished three ways:
1. ENYYSA is matching all approved Region 1 Hurricane Relief Grants, up to $2,000 per soccer league or club, which sustained facility damage, etc. All applications not approved by Region 1 will be reviewed by the ENYYSA President Richard Christiano to determine need and viability.
2. ENYYSA leagues and clubs are sponsoring fundraising efforts for families who sustained enormous personal loss. ENYYSA will match up to $2,000 per fundraiser.
3. A Pay Pal donation app is now displayed on ENYYSA’s website. Please go to http://www.enysoccer.com/enyysa_offers_hurricane_relief_to_families__clubs/ to make a donation.
"Many of our members have suffered a tremendous amount of hardship from Hurricane Sandy. It’s times like these that all Americans, including the soccer community, come together to help," commented ENYYSA President Richard Christiano. "We at the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association are very happy to be able to provide this support for our members during this very difficult time."
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 12 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.