By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
January 10, 2014-Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League (CJSL) clubs South Bronx United and Downtown United Soccer Club (DUSC) have partnered to host the 2014 City Showcase Tournament. This Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) tourney aims to expand collegiate opportunities for youth soccer players from the New York City metropolitan area and beyond through high-level competition in front of college coaches plus an educational symposium. In particular, the showcase provides a platform for inner city and minority youth who are underrepresented in higher education and college soccer. Coaches attending will represent all athletic levels of the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA from throughout the region.
The two-day event will be held on the Friday and Saturday prior to Easter, April 18 and 19, on Randall’s Island. The island, connecting three boroughs of New York City––Manhattan, Bronx and Queens––via the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge (formerly the Triboro Bridge), features numerous turf and grass soccer fields.
For the first time, the City Showcase will feature a Student/Athlete Symposium on College Prep and Recruiting. In partnership with the City University of New York (CUNY) Athletic Conference, the clubs plan to offer an evening event to give all participating youth the chance to hear from a diverse panel of college coaches and representatives to learn more about the academic, financial and athletic aspects of college and recruitment plus to network together.
Zak Ivkovic, Executive Director of the CUNY Athletic Conference and Second Vice President of the CJSL, said, "We are excited to support South Bronx United and DUSC for the City Showcase Tournament, an excellent event that will benefit high school soccer players and teams in the area. We look forward to helping high school student/athletes learn about the opportunities that await them at the City University of New York campuses as well as schools across the country."
Both South Bronx United and DUSC are non-profit organizations that represent the melting pot of New York City. South Bronx United serves nearly 600 boys and girls and their mission is to use soccer as a vehicle for social change in, statistically, the nation’s poorest congressional district. DUSC’s mission is to educate, train and inspire youth soccer players of all ages and abilities in a positive, respectful, supportive environment.
"We as a true city league are very proud of our clubs and the sense of community that is ever so evident in this college showcase venture. It’s great that clubs who are so competitive on the field are coming together for the benefit of kids from New York City," CJSL President Dimitrie Draguca stated. "The CJSL is proud to be a sponsor of this showcase and offer the event its full support."
This is the 5th year of the event, previously known as the South Bronx United College Showcase Tournament. Team registration is open to boys and girls teams at the Under-15, Under-16, Under-17 and Under-19 age groups and the registration fee is $450. College coaches interested in attending should pre-register online. For more information, please visit http://www.southbronxunited.org/showcase
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 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 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.