By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
October 5, 2016-The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) is very pleased to announce that Juan Alvarado of the Metrokids Interegional Soccer League is being honored as our 2016 Administrator of the Year and he will receive his award at Eastern New York's Holiday Party on Sunday, December 4 at Marina del Rey in the Bronx.
Soccer was part of Juan’s daily routine growing up in Lima, Peru. At the age of 20, he arrived in New York.
“For the great majority of immigrants, work is a priority, but on my days off, I would play in Brooklyn from 1998 to 2004, which is when I stopped playing regularly so I could take my two sons to start playing soccer, with them being 9 and 11 years old at that time,“ he stated. “My search for a soccer school with the proper development and training led us to the Academia Argentina, which has played in Flushing Meadows Park since 1996.“
Juan then became involved with the club, which names its boys teams after Argentinian club teams such as Boca Juniors, River Plate, San Lorenzo and Newell’s Old Boys. He was elected club President in 2006 and also serves the club currently as Sports Director.
Juan was elected Metrokids’ Secretary in 2006, then re-elected in 2008. He is currently serving the league in the Board position of Manager. In this role, Juan’s smiling face has become a fixture at Eastern New York’s General Meetings in Rockland County.
The Ozone Park resident was nominated by Metrokids President Cesar Juca, who wrote “Juan keeps working with league members and clubs to continue growing in education to meet the requirements of Eastern New York and US Soccer. He works with Eastern New York League Presidents to improve the competition level for all its players and continuously strives to obtain fields for the Metrokids in New York City.“
Congratulations to Juan Alvarado, Eastern New York’s 2016 Administrator of the Year.
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 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/, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.