Local players and coaches at Flushing Meadows Park
By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
April 24, 2019-You know that the Second Annual Eastern New York Soccer Festival, hosted by the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA), is a big event when three local radio stations decide to broadcast from it. 1280 AM WADO, 96.3 FM La X and 92.7 FM Que Buena will be live from the Festival at Flushing Meadows Park this Saturday, April 27 from 9 am to 2 pm. The fun happens at Fields 8 and 9 on the east side of the park, a short corner kick from the Queens Botanical Garden.
The Festival will show kids, both boys and girls, all the good things that youth soccer offers to them, including the health benefits, making new friends and learning ideals such as teamwork and sportsmanship. The children and teenagers will be guided through six different skills mini-sessions by Eastern New York’s nationally-licensed coaches. Giveaway items have been donated by Eastern New York sponsors and soccer volunteers will make sure the day goes smoothly.
The inaugural Eastern New York Soccer Festival was held in Newburgh last spring and we are very happy to bring the Festival to Flushing Meadows Park on the park’s 80th anniversary, as it was constructed for the 1939 World’s Fair. The park also hosted the 1964 World’s Fair and a new addition at that time was the now-famous Unisphere. Although the Unisphere was originally commissioned as a tribute to the Space Age, it’s more appropriate today to symbolize Queens’ multiculturalism as it is New York City’s most international borough with nearly half of Queens residents born in 120 countries other than the United States, speaking more than 135 languages at home. The world’s most popular sport, soccer, has found a home in Queens which will be obvious this Saturday.
Admission is free and it will be held rain or shine. For more information, please call Eastern New York at 516-766-0849.
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 onto http://www.enysoccer.com/, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.