US Youth Soccer Goal of the Year recipient Nkosi Burgess surrounded by his parents and LIJSL President Addie Mattei-Iaia on left and ENYYSA President Richard Christiano on right.
By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
March 12, 2013-With 1,502 travel and premier teams, the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) is the largest league in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) and the LIJSL Convention is one of the world’s largest soccer conventions. There were many highlights to the 31st LIJSL Convention held March 8 to 10 at the Huntington Hilton, and two occurred during the Volunteer Awards Dinner on Friday night, March 8.
Nkosi Burgess was honored for his wonderful flick and overhead kick which started as the ENYYSA Goal of the Year and became the US Youth Soccer Goal of the Year.
The Deer Park teenager’s goal on March 24, 2012 occurred while playing for the Dix Hills Heat, 2011 State Open Cup champions, in a Boys-Under-15 game against another LIJSL team, Hauppauge Brazil. Nkosi, with his back to goal, flicked the ball back over his head and then executed a perfect overhead kick as the helpless Hauppauge defenders look on.
Dix Hills won the game, 2-0. Nkosi had celebrated his 15th birthday the day before and the wonder goal was definitely icing on the cake. The goal went viral on YouTube and garnered millions of hits and publicity around the world.
Upon the invitation of LIJSL President Addie Mattei-Iaia plus the LIJSL Convention Committee and for the third time in the past decade, Senator Charles Schumer came to the Volunteer Awards Dinner to honor each LIJSL club’s Volunteer of the Year and the four new inductees to the LIJSL Hall of Fame. New York’s senior Senator commented, "Addie is doing a great job as are all you other volunteers. The kids learn about teamwork, they learn about courage, they learn about sportsmanship and they learn to grow up. I know as my daughter played in the LIJSL for several years. She played for Elmont."
Senator Schumer then joked in front of the SRO crowd, "We live in Brooklyn but there is no grass in Brooklyn so she played for Elmont."
We thank Senator Schumer for attending the LIJSL Convention once again.
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.
The LIJSL’s newest Hall of Famers. From left to right, Mitch Pally of the Stony Brook Soccer Club, Dolores Jose of the Mineola Soccer Club, Senator Charles Schumer, LIJSL President Addie Mattei-Iaia, Bob Porter of the Cold Spring Harbor/Huntington Soccer Club and Tom Vollmuth of the East Islip Soccer Club.