By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
July 26, 2022-The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) is very pleased to announce that Jackson Mitchell is receiving a Livio D’Arpino Scholarship. The scholarship’s namesake 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.
Jackson was a National Honor Society member at Washingtonville High School and was selected as the school’s Player of the Year in 2018 and also competed for the Wizards’ tennis and track teams. In youth soccer, Jackson played for the Washingtonville Premier League, Washingtonville Warriors, Cedar Stars Academy and Fox Soccer Academy. He played for four years for the East Hudson Academy and a phenomenal seven years with Eastern New York’s Olympic Development Program (ODP). Additionally, he has been an official with the Hudson Valley Soccer Referee Association (HVSRA) for the past four years.
Jackson wrote in his essay that “soccer has taught me that nothing in life comes easy and that with hard work, almost anything can be achieved. However, it has also taught me to set realistic goals, knowing that setbacks and injuries can happen, and while we always give our best, not every game can be a win. These are skills that can be applied to everything in life. Playing soccer has been such a privilege, and I am so thankful for all it has done for me as a person, teammate and friend.”
We wish Jackson the best at William & Mary 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/