By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
August 16, 2018-The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) congratulates Taylor James, who is receiving a Jack Bauman Scholarship, which is based on success in high school 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.
Taylor spent her entire youth soccer career with the Beekman Soccer Club in the East Hudson Youth Soccer League (EHYSL), starting with intramurals as a young child, then playing for the Beekman Malilie from Under-8 to Under-10 and the Beekman Pumas from Under-10 to Under-19.
She wrote, "Soccer has shaped me into the person I am today as it led me to develop lifelong friendships and has also helped me build my character. I can't imagine what my life would be like without soccer. It has also taught me about leadership and teamwork. Every skill I have learned throughout my time playing will help me as I continue my education at Binghamton and begin to take the next steps in my life."
We wish Taylor the best at Binghamton University.
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.