By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
August 4, 2021-The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) congratulates Sean Fitzgerald upon receiving a Livio D’Arpino Scholarship. The award is based on success in high school as well as community service.
The Smithtown resident wrote in his essay, “A positive trait of mine is my ability to manage my time between school and soccer. I was able to juggle my busy school, soccer and social life. There were times when my social life and school/soccer overlapped, and I knew that I had to make a difficult choice but I was dedicated to my future and realized the importance of my education and athletics, so making that sacrfice has paid off.”
Sean attained a 4.15 average at Smithtown West High School while being a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. He was captain, team MVP, All-County and All-Conference for the Bulls. Additionally, Sean played in Eastern New York’s Olympic Development Program (ODP) as well as East Region ODP and previously for the New York Cosmos Academy and the Smithtown Kickers in the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL). With all the academics and soccer playing, Sean somehow found the time to volunteer six years with the Smithtown Kickers TOPSoccer Program.
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.
We wish Sean the best studying and playing soccer at Binghamton University this fall.
With approximately 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 https://www.enysoccer.com/