Young Referee of the Year Joshua Crespo on the left with Eastern New York President Richard Christiano
By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
November 16, 2022-The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) is very pleased to announce that Joshua Crespo received our Young Referee of the Year Award at Eastern New York’s Hall of Fame Banquet celebrating our 50th anniversary at Marina del Rey in the Bronx. The festivities took place on Saturday, November 5.
Joshua, an extremely talented 15-year-old Shirley resident, has been refereeing for the past two years and has quickly ascended up the officiating ladder. He served as both referee and assistant referee of the State Cup finals this past June in LaGrange and received the 2022 Rookie Referee of the Year Award from the Long Island Soccer Referees Association (LISRA).
He was nominated for Young Referee of the Year Award in three different letters. LISRA President Cathy Caldwell and Corresponding Secretary Cheryl Aronson wrote that “his maturity and professionalism on the pitch is indeed remarkable. His passion for the game inspires him to ask for feedback on his performances so he can continue to improve his craft. He had the opportunity to referee his first MLS Next match at Met Oval and he was confident and professional.”
LISRA Recruitment Director Marty Foeppel wrote that “Josh has been a great asset to our organization. He attends all our LISRA meetings, sets up the chairs and snacks and greets everyone. He volunteers to help Joe Danbusky with field sessions for the new LISRA Grassroots Referees and he has recruited a few of his friends to become referees. He even mentors them when he can.”
Joshua not only hits the right notes on the soccer field but when he is not refereeing, he plays the alto, tenor, soprano and baritone saxophone as well as the flute, clarinet, piccolo, alto flute and bass clarinet.
William Floyd High School Music Teacher Garry Helbock wrote in his letter that “Josh is intelligent, eager to learn and possesses outstanding musical talent. He is also an enthusiastic student who is amiable and easy to work with. His strong desire to improve and quick sense of humor make him well-liked by his peers and a wonderful student to teach…In all my years of teaching, Josh ranks among the most innately talented and driven people I have taught.”
Interested in following Joshua’s footsteps and earning money as a soccer referee? For more information on upcoming courses near you, please contact State Youth Referee Administrator (SYRA) Piero Olcese at email@example.com
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. For more information, please log on to http://www.enysoccer.com