By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
August 9, 2017-The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) congratulates Emily Mildner, who is receiving a Patricia Louise Masotto and Brenda Driscoll Scholarship which is based on academic and athletic success as well as community service. The scholarship’s namesakes were best friends and top women’s soccer players from Massapequa, Long Island. Eastern New York set up a scholarship in their name after they were killed by a drunk driver in 1985.
Emily also received an East Hudson Youth Soccer League (EHYSL) Scholarship.
Emily started playing soccer when she was six years old. She plays for the EHYSL’s Marlboro Mustangs as well as competing for the Hudson Valley Select Team plus was the captain of the Walkill High School girls varsity team.
She wrote in her essay, “I love the sport, and am beyond thrilled to be continuing to play in college. Soccer has taught me so many lessons on and off the field. Many of these lessons I would not have learned anywhere else. From dedication and time management, to communication and positivity, soccer has helped me excel in many other aspects of my life. I have also had the pleasure of coaching and refereeing youth soccer, which adds a whole new dimension to the game. It has helped me develop my communication skills and my patience. Not only is it fun, but it gives back to the community in so many positive ways.”
Academically, Emily is a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish National Honor Society as well as being in the Walkill Strings Orchestra, the Walkill Wind Ensemble, the Walkill Jazz Ensemble, the Walkill Percussion Ensemble plus was selected for the All-County Honors Band and the All-County Strings Orchestra.
She graduated from Walkill Senior High School in June and will be attending Utica College as a Physical Therapy major.
She concluded, “I am continuing not only with academics, but with soccer and track and field as well. I am very excited to ‘Join the Herd’ and become a Utica College Pioneer.”
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.