By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
July 10, 2023-The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) is very pleased to announce that Delaney McMorris of LaGrange has received a
Patricia Louise Masotto and Brenda Driscoll Scholarship
Delaney played for the LaGrange Sparks in the East Hudson Youth Soccer League (EHYSL), with Eastern New York’s Olympic Development Program (ODP) and volunteered for the past seven years with LaGrange’s wonderful TOPSoccer Program as well as throughout her hometown. At Arlington High School, she was a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society, was captain and All-League in soccer, All-County and All-League in track plus received the New York State Scholar/Athlete Award for the past four years. She helped create the Arlington Backpack Program that provides weekend meals for nearly 100 students facing food insecurity.
Additonally, Delaney is a soccer referee who received the Section 1 Athletics Sportsmanship Award.
Delaney wrote in her essay that “after my first year of playing travel soccer, I was cut from my team. Despite this, I still saw myself as a soccer player so my Dad created a new team of all the girls who were cut. I became self-motivated and consistently worked hard to improve my soccer skills. As a sixth grader, my hard work paid off when I was selected to the ODP team. I valued the exposure to new coaches and learned to always utilize the feedback I was given.”
The scholarship’s namesakes, Patricia Louise Masotto and Brenda Driscoll, were best friends and top women’s soccer players from Massapequa, Long Island and Eastern New York set up a scholarship in their name after they were killed by a drunk driver in 1985. The scholarship is determined by success in high school as well as community service.
We wish Delaney the best studying architecture and playing sports at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
With approximately 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 10 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/