By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
February 25, 2013-With over 1,500 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. 10,000 soccer fans are again expected to flock to the Huntington Hilton from March 8 to 10.
The LIJSL is doing its part to help the people of Syria as an estimated 70,000 people have been killed by that Civil War. Their country has been ravaged by protests and endless fighting, forcing many to flee to Jordan and other neighboring countries to live in refugee camps. But while organizations like UNICEF and the International Medical Corps have done all they can to attend to the tens of thousands of evacuating Syrians, providing essential and critical care, many of the refugees are under 18 with no youth programs to accommodate them. During the upcoming LIJSL Convention, the league will be collecting used cleats, balls and team uniforms to benefit the children of these Syrian Refugee Camps.
Collections will take place in the Hargraves Room on Saturday, March 9 from 9 am to 4 pm and on Sunday, March 10 from 9 am to 1 pm.
We encourage everyone to please make a contribution to help these young children whose lives have been turned upside down. If you have any further questions or need more info, please call the LIJSL’s Gina Titus at 631-872-7979.
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.