TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year Amelia Atassi on the left with Eastern New York President Richard Christiano
By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
November 17, 2022-The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) is very pleased to announce that Amelia Atassi received our TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year Award at Eastern New York’s Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday, November 5. The festivities celebrated Eastern New York's 50th anniversary and were held at Marina del Rey in the Bronx.
Amelia was nominated by Staten Island Youth Soccer League (SIYSL) TOPSoccer Supervisor Christopher Rooney who wrote, “Amelia has been involved with TOPSoccer since September 2017. She has been playing soccer since she was five years old over a decade ago and loves the sport dearly. She wanted to give back to the community so that others could play the sport that she loves so much. She understands that this special set of children will not be able to play soccer like she does but she can share with them what she knows about the game and make it a fun environment for them.
Amelia has shown tremendous effort with the TOPSoccer players. They get excited when they see her! She helps the children with their soccer skills and always makes sure they have a chance to score a goal and have fun.
Additionally, Amelia has collected donated soccer cleats and other soccer equipment to 1K Cleats For Kids, a program in New Jersey that sends the equipment to parts of Africa and other needy countries.
Last year, Amelia was nominated for the Envision program that is for students who hope to attend medical school in the future. Although she could not attend the program in person due to the pandemic, she received the materials in the mail and completed the program online, on her own, and received certificates that she earned from the Future Doctor Academy.”
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/