By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
August 26, 2014-All the participants had a great time as the U.S. Army National Guard held a juggling contest and fitness challenge at the 14th Annual Long Island Soccer Shoot-Out tournament on August 16 and 17 at the Three Village Soccer Park in Stony Brook. The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) tournament was co-hosted by the Stony Brook Soccer Club and Sachem Youth Soccer League, two of the largest clubs in the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL).
“The National Guard was absolutely wonderful and we all hope that they can come back to our tournament in 2015,” commented Long Island Soccer Shoot-Out tournament director Gina Titus. “We are happy to partner with an organization like the National Guard, which sponsors youth soccer activities across the United States.”
Players tested their juggling and dribbling skills and participated in physical fitness tests such as competitive sit-ups and double-planking. Long Island Soccer Shoot-Out players also received Camelbak water bottles, tie-dye and juggling shirts, all courtesy of the National Guard. Part of the success of the appearance came from Eastern New York’s tremendous promotion of the event and from the free publicity that all Eastern New York tourneys receive on our website, http://www.enysoccer.com/
140 youth soccer teams from Under-9 to Under-18 participated in the tournament, which was also played at the Waverly Avenue Soccer Complex in Holtsville.
Tournaments affiliated with Eastern New York can request the National Guard to come and host juggling and fitness contests as well. If interested or for more information about them coming to your tournament, please contact Eastern New York’s Public Relations Director Randy Vogt at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.