By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
July 12, 2023-The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) is very pleased to announce that Neah Cooke is receiving a Jack Bauman Scholarship, which is based on success in high school as well as community service.
Neah played nine years in the East Hudson Youth Soccer League (EHYSL). She wrote in her essay that “my experience with soccer is the definition of perseverance. For five years, I played with boys because the club (Spirit of Mount Vernon) did not have a girls team in my age group. I had to fight to be seen on the field. I screamed and begged to be passed the ball. I had to fight for my life to prove that I was worthy of playing with them. When I finally got the opportunity to play on a girls team, I tore my ACL during the first game and was out for the season. However, these obstacles never held me back. Instead, they made me stronger and helped me improve not only as a player but as a person as well.“
We wish Neah the best majoring in Biology at New York University this fall.
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/