By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
February 6, 2024-The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) is very pleased announce that Jean-Marie Maio of the Long Island Soccer Referees Association (LISRA) has been honored as our 2023 Administrator of the Year. She shared the award with Maureen Spaulding of the Cornwall United Soccer Club. Both women were honored at our Hall of Fame Banquet on January 27 at Marina del Rey in the Bronx.
Jean-Marie has been a member of the LISRA Board of Directors for the past 16 years, volunteering as the Recording Secretary for the past decade. Additionally, she serves as Chairperson of the LISRA Scholarship Committee, Director of Referee Development and was unanimously voted to become the Assistant Referee Director last year.
She is a major reason why LISRA is by far the largest referee organization in Eastern New York with over 1,000 members.
LISRA President Cathy Caldwell wrote, “At Board meetings, if something needs to be taken care of, Jean-Marie is the first one to volunteer. Her attitude is so positive, she inspires others to do more…Jean-Marie has been my ‘Right-Hand Woman’ for my decade-plus as LISRA President. I implicitly trust her judgment, her drive to make sure everything runs smoothly and, together, we have worked out a system of checks and balances to assure a well-run organization. I’m continually impressed by her selflessness, initiative and work ethic.”
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 10 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. For more information, please log on to http://www.enysoccer.com/