By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
November 29, 2012-The Dresch family of Staten Island––husband George, wife Patricia and 13-year-old daughter Angela––thought they had learned their lesson. They left their Tottenville home before Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011 only to find it had been vandalized after they returned.
So they were going to wait out Hurricane Sandy inside their home just a few hundred yards from the water on the southern tip of Staten Island. After the heavy winds and rain came, the three sought shelter in a second-floor bathroom shower, where the water came up to their necks. Then the back wall of the house gave way, killing father and daughter plus leaving the mother in critical condition at Staten Island University Hospital, where she was personally visited by Cardinal Timothy Dolan.
When classes at Angela’s school, IS34, resumed a week later, the student body wore purple, her favorite color. And in another emotional tribute, the hearse that carried Angela’s body on November 12 passed by her school, where her classmates bid the teen farewell with their hands over their hearts, remembering an outgoing, fun-loving girl who brightened the hallways of the school and attended church at Our Lady Help of Christians (OLHC).
Within the soccer program at OLHC, a member of the Staten Island Youth Soccer League (SIYSL), two soccer families lost their homes and five soccer families experienced severe damage with their first floors entirely flooded. The soccer program unanimously voted to give up trophies and pizza parties for the upcoming Spring Season and have already distributed that money to the soccer families impacted as well as to the Dresch family.
OLHC is also hosting an impromptu tournament, OLHC’s Playing for Angels, under the umbrella of the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA). The tourney will be played at Angela’s school, IS34, at the intersection of Academy and Yetman Avenues, on Saturday, December 8. All proceeds benefit Dresch Family Funds and OLHC Hurricane Relief. Under-5 to Under-10 teams will be playing indoors in the Third Floor Gyms while Under-11 to Under-14 play outdoors. Play is 6v6 and the team entry fee is $100. The schedule:
9 am-11 am: Under-5 and Under-6 Boys and Girls
9 am-noon: Under-11 and Under-12 Boys and Girls
10 am-2 pm: Under-9 and Under-10 Boys
11 am-3 pm: Under-7 and Under-8 Girls
Noon-3 pm: Under-13 and Under-14 Boys and Girls
2 pm-6 pm: Under-9 and Under-10 Girls
3 pm-7 pm: Under-7 and Under-8 Boys
There are not any trophies as the tournament is simply for fun, to raise money for a great cause and to bring closure to a Fall Season that was cut short because of Hurricane Sandy. The team registration deadline is November 30.
There is a $5 charge for spectator admission. For more info about this wonderful tourney, please contact Liz Morano at email@example.com
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.