By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
August 12, 2020-The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) is very pleased to announce that Madisyn Wakefield is receiving a Jack Bauman Scholarship.
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.
The award is based on success in high school as well as community service.
At Broadalbin-Perth High School, Madisyn was Class Secretary, Band Class President and Drama Dance Captain while being a member of the National Honor Society and playing soccer for the Patriots.
Madisyn wrote in her essay, “Since the beginning of my school years, all the way back to Pre-K, I remember playing soccer. I started playing on rec teams with everyone in the grades above and below me. This was always so much fun, going to a few practices throughout the week, then on Saturdays, everyone would have a game early in the morning. The cool part was most of the time, you played on a different team. I always remember going to the concession stand after the game and getting a donut. This soccer program was through my town’s youth commission, Broadalbin Youth Commission (BYC) soccer and it was the beginning of my soccer career.“
From that humble start, Madisyn progressed to travel teams. We wish her the best at Elmira College.