By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
November 21, 2012-Dennis Botsaris was a beloved referee, assignor and Vice President of the New York Metro Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association (NYMISOA) before his passing from pancreatic cancer last year. He was honored in 2005 with the NYMISOA Service Award which now bears his name. At the chapter’s Annual Awards Dinner on November 12 at the Sterling in Bethpage, Steve Meyers received the 2012 Dennis Botsaris Service Award after being selected in balloting by the membership.
Steve, a member of the NYMISOA Executive Board, lives in Danbury, Connecticut and formerly resided in Briarcliff Manor. He has been refereeing for the past 18 years. In the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA), he has refereed in the East Hudson Youth Soccer League, the Hudson Valley Youth Soccer League and the Long Island Junior Soccer League. With the amateurs in the Eastern New York State Senior Soccer Association, Steve has officiated the Cosmopolitan Soccer League and the Eastern District Soccer League.
"Steve is a dedicated and reliable member of our Executive Board," commented NYMISOA President John Puglisi. "He works selflessly and tirelessly for the members. He is the kind of person who is the bedrock of a voluntary organization and we are very lucky to have him with us."
Congratulations to Steve Meyers!
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.