By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
August 11, 2017-The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) is very pleased to announce that John Bingham will be receiving a Livio D’Arpino Scholarship. The award is based on academic and athletic success as well as community service. The scholarship’s namesake was a beloved Eastern New York Vice President who was seemingly involved in every level of local soccer before his untimely passing in 2002.
Nicknamed “Jack,” he attained a 3.8 average in the very challenging curriculum at Manhattan’s Regis High School. Also at Regis, he was captain of the soccer and volleyball teams, was a member of the Speech and Debate Club, a member of the Chess Club, wrote for the school newspaper and served as Eucharistic Minister. He also volunteered as Eucharistic Minister at the Hospital for Special Surgery, volunteered as a Catechist and Lector at St. Anne’s Church in Garden City and coached in the Garden City Centennials’ TOPSoccer Program for children with special needs.
Jack wrote, “The biggest moment of my soccer career came in my decision to attend Regis High School in Manhattan rather than my local public school. As a result of this move, I stopped seeing many of my close friends from home, but I have been able to keep close relationships with many of my friends on my travel team, the Garden City Hurricanes.”
Additionally, Jack was a National Merit Scholarship Corporation finalist, received the Adelphi University Prize for Leadership, the New York State Senator Kemp Hannon Athletic Leadership Award and served as an intramural referee for the Garden City Centennials.
He also received a Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) Scholarship. We wish Jack the best as he starts studying at the University of Notre Dame this fall.
With over 100,000 youth soccer players––both boys and 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 Children With Special Needs. 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.