By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
July 29, 2016-The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) is very pleased to announce that Mackenzie Mitchell is receiving a Jack Bauman Scholarship, which is based on academic and athletic success 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.
In the East Hudson Youth Soccer League (CDYSL), Mackenzie started playing for her hometown club, Liberty United, and started traveling more to play as her skills improved, competing with the Minisink Youth Soccer Club, Monroe-Woodbury Soccer Club and then Nirvana.
The Rock Hill resident carried a 92% average at Monticello High School. She volunteered with the Allison Whitney 5K Cancer Walk, Camp Panther, a Hurricane Sandy Collection, Monticello Fire Department, Special Olympics and the Sullivan County Residence.
Mackenzie will be studying and playing midfield at Alfred University this fall as well as racing on their Alpine ski team.
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.