By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
August 15, 2019-Niskayuna resident George Tsakalakos is receiving a Livio D’Arpino Scholarship from the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA). The award is based on success in high school as well as community service.
The scholarship’s namesake, Livio D’Arpino, was a beloved Eastern New York Vice President who was seemingly involved in every level of local soccer before his untimely passing in 2002. In a nice irony, Livio founded the Frosinone Soccer Club on Long Island and George was a 10-year-old camper taught by coaches from Italy at the Frosinone Soccer Camp in Rotterdam back in 2011.
At Niskayuna High School, George was Class Vice President, carried an unweighted GPA of 3.73 and scored 1430 on the SAT. He was a member of the National Honor Society and received the Departmental Certificate of Merit in Social Studies, Spanish and Chinese.
George was varsity captain at Niskayuna High School’s boys soccer team and played club soccer with Blackwatch Premier, playing in the State Open Cup final, the Super Y-League national tournament and winning the Jefferson Cup in Virginia, the Potomac Memorial Tournament in Maryland and the Disney Showcase in Florida with his team.
Additionally, George volunteered in two faith-based youth groups and as an altar boy at his Greek Orthodox Church plus somehow also found the time to work as an orthopedic surgery intern and plastic surgery intern.
Eastern New York wishes George the best in his studies and on the soccer team at Emory University this fall.
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 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 http://www.enysoccer.com/, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.