By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
July 2, 2018-As the United States gets ready to celebrate our 242nd birthday this week, the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) also celebrates longtime Liberty United volunteers Policarpio and Anne Ramos. The married couple are being honored as the July Personalities of the Month in Eastern New York.
Liberty United Soccer Club was founded in 2003 by a group of parents and coaches. They were looking for an opportunity for their children to play competitive soccer year-round, recognizing that the kids had talent and many had the desire to play beyond the local recreation program. Only Carpio and Anne remain from that original group, despite their youngest son having graduated from youth soccer in 2009.
Many of the founding members were from the town of Liberty but since the club is open to all Sullivan County children, that’s why they chose the name Liberty (for the founders) and United (to include athletes from other towns). They did not want to use the nickname of local rival high schools so since the Ramoses are huge Manchester United fans, they picked up their nickname of Red Devils and their club colors of red, white and black for Liberty United.
Carpio is originally from Bolivia and pursued coaching soccer in the United States to pass on his love of the world’s most popular sport to the kids of Sullivan County. Anne is a middle school teacher who knew how to teach kids but learned much more about soccer from her husband. Both increased their knowledge through taking US Soccer and United Soccer Coaches licensing courses.
The Center For Discovery in Monticello has generously allowed Liberty United to use the soccer field at their facility since the club’s founding in 2003 and the devil is in the details as they remain the only Sullivan County club in the East Hudson Youth Soccer League (EHYSL) so away games can be quite a trip.
“But our biggest challenge is that we never want to turn away eager athletes, and many of our families do not have the means to pay high registration fees,” Anne explained. "Our constant struggle is to keep fees at a minimum and allow every child to have an opportunity to play soccer. Our goal is to teach more that just foot skills. We try to instill a sense of commitment and responsibility in every player, for their future."
Liberty United teams are honored as league champs at the EHYSL Dinner of Champions seemingly every summer. Soaking up the limelight last year and again in 2018 is a team Carpio coaches, the Liberty United Red Devils, who turned heads by going from 0-10-0 to 10-0-0 in Boys-Under-14 Division 4 in 2017 and had another perfect record, 9-0-0, in Boys-Under-15 Division 2 this past spring.
"Carpio and Anne Ramos’ dedication to the Liberty United Soccer Club has been extraordinary for many years. Despite coming from one of the most northern parts of East Hudson’s geographic territory, their unwavering commitment has given the youth of Sullivan County an opportunity to play competitive soccer,” commented EHYSL President Jim Purdy. “Even though there's a great travel distance, one or both of them attend EHYSL delegate or AGM meetings and their teams have been quite successful in league play. Both the High School-Girls 2 team, Liberty United Lady Devils, as well as the Boys Under 15-Division 2 team, Liberty United Red Devils, will be at the East Hudson Dinner of Champions this month as league champs."
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 onto http://www.enysoccer.com/, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.