By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
August 11, 2020-The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) congratulates Alyssa Macur, who is receiving a Jack Bauman Scholarship, which is based on success in high school as well as community service. The scholarship’s namesake, Jack Bauman, is considered the father of women’s soccer on Long Island. He was devoted to the Massapequa Soccer Club, Eastern New York and making sure that girls had as many opportunities to play soccer as boys did in an era when girls playing sports was not as accepted as it is today.
Alyssa also received a New York State Regent’s Diploma With Honors at Marlboro Central High School. She was a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society plus played soccer, basketball and softball for the Dukes. She received the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Scholar/Athlete Award an amazing six times.
She started playing soccer at five years old with the Highland United Soccer Club and played goalkeeper for club sides Force FC, New York Xtreme, Nirvana 360 Illusion and Primo FC. Additionally, Alyssa is a Grassroots Referee in the Hudson Valley Soccer Referees Association (HVSRA).
Alyssa wrote in her essay that “toward the end of my first year playing, my coach moved me to goalkeeper and my life changed forever…My goalkeeping is affected by my analytical approach to everything I do. I have to know how each position is supposed to play, how I need that position to play but also who is playing...
Soccer is so large in my life that it became a significant aspect in selecting my college and major. I will be attending Pace University as a student/athlete in the Honors College majoring in Business Management and Business Analytics. My ultimate career goal is to be a driving force with how Premier League teams are now judging their transfers as scouts are not being used by analytics professionals any longer.”
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 nine 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/