By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
July 14, 2023-The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) is very pleased to announce that Ronkonkoma’s Nicolas Maldonado-Molina is receiving a Livio D’Arpino Scholarship.
At Connetquot High School, Nicolas was a member of the National Honor Society and the Social Studies Honor Society, ranking 9th in a class of 427 students.
In his essay, he wrote that “as an Eagle Scout, I have developed invaluable skills such as teamwork, problem-solving and perseverance, all which have shaped my character and prepared me to face challenges with confidence. Being a team captain for both the varsity soccer and track teams has further enhanced my leadership abilities. Through leading by example and motivating my teammates, I have fostered a sense of unity and collaboration, resulting in successful seasons for both teams.”
In Eastern New York, Nicolas plays for Ronkonkoma Connetquot Real FC, the current Boys-Under-18 State Cup champs.
The scholarship’s namesake, Livio D’Arpino, was a beloved Eastern New York Vice President who was seemingly involved in every level of local soccer before his untimely passing in 2002. The award is based on success in high school as well as community service.
We wish Nicolas the best pursuing a medical degree after following a Pre-Med program starting at Cornell 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/