By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
December 2, 2015-It’s the holiday season so families are getting set for decorating Christmas trees, menorahs, shopping, caroling plus receiving mail from non-profit organizations looking for donations. But the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) is that rare non-profit group not looking for money and is actually giving it back during the holidays.
Eastern New York gave a dollar back for every registered player to each respective league to use it as they saw fit for the benefit of their players. So the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) received a check for $58,614 for their 58,614 players, the East Hudson Youth Soccer League (EHYSL) received a check for $16,946, etc.
“I stated that when I became President in 2010, we would bring fiscal responsibility to Eastern New York and I believe that our Board of Directors has done exactly that,” commented Eastern New York President Richard Christiano. “Our fiscal responsibility has now allowed us to give a rebate back for every player.”
“This rebate further demonstrates the commitment of our Eastern New York state association to its member leagues,” commented LIJSL President Anthony Maresco.
“East Hudson was very pleased that the Eastern New York Board of Directors, when deciding how best to use its considerable assets, thought to share it with its members via a rebate,” offered EHYSL President Jim Purdy. “The Eastern New York leadership is to be commended for taking this action and our hope is that as long as the state’s financial status remains positive, this will become an annual event.”
Capital District Youth Soccer League (CDYSL) President Tim Owens, whose league received a check for $10,035, added, “The CDYSL is very grateful and appreciative to Eastern New York for this money. We look forward to reinvesting these funds back into the soccer community.”
With over 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 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.