By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
August 10, 2021-The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) is very pleased to announce that Hailey Pereira of Carmel is receiving a
Patricia Louise Masotto and Brenda Driscoll Scholarship
The award is based on success in high school as well as community service.
Hailey played for Eastern New York’s Olympic Development Program (ODP) as well as the East Region ODP team, both for five years, and toured the Netherlands and Scotland with the latter. She was recently invited to the Portugal Women’s National Team Camp. She played club soccer with the New York Xtreme and Force FC plus trained for five years with the Red Bulls Development School.
At Mahopac High School, she was a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society and Science National Honor Society plus was on the soccer, golf and indoor track teams there.
Hailey stated in her essay that “words cannot express how thankful I am to have had the opportunity to represent Eastern New York ODP, East Region ODP and US Youth Soccer. All of those programs were driving factors of my success and brought me to the position that I am today. In the fall, I will be attending Bryant University to continue my academic and athletic career on scholarship. I whole-heartedly believe the future progression of these programs will only continue to open doors and give other student/athletes the same opportunities I received.”
The scholarship’s namesakes, Patricia Louise Masotto and Brenda Driscoll, were best friends and top women’s soccer players from Massapequa, Long Island and Eastern New York set up a scholarship in their name after they were killed by a drunk driver in 1985.
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 https://www.enysoccer.com/