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December 6, 2012
CJSL's Wilkes inducted into ENY Hall of Fame

Burton Wilkes (right), who was inducted into the ENY Hall of Fame, and ENYYSA president Richard Christiano.
Burton Wilkes (right), who was inducted into the ENY Hall of Fame, and ENYYSA president Richard Christiano.
Photo courtesy of ENYYSA
Staten Island resident Burt Wilkes was inducted into the Eastern New York Soccer Hall of Fame at a holiday party at Lido Restaurant on City Island last Saturday.

The Hall is a collobaration between the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association and Eastern New York State Amateur Soccer Association.

Wilkes became involved with the Silver Lake Soccer Club in 1991 and served the club as president, vice president and trustee. He was the assistant coach and team administrator of the Silver Lake Rams, who won two State Cup championships at the Boys Under-17 and Boys U-19 level while losing in the Boys U-18 final.

The Rossville resident became part of the board of directors of the Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League. He is currently in his sixth year as CJSL president. He was the driving force behind the CJSL opening a full-time office, negotiated partnerships with corporations and has been instrumental in CJSL girls teams playing in other ENYYSA leagues as guest teams while the CJSL accepts guest teams from other leagues.

Wilkes is the first vice president of ENYYSA and has served as second, third and fourth vice president and trustee. He has served as Chairperson of ENYYSA’s Olympic Development Program and commissioner of the ENYYSA Premier League.

Wilkes also coached the boys soccer team at Monroe Catholic High School for five years and won the B Division Championship in 2001.

“And in the wake of Sandy, Burt has volunteered time to help the needy,” ENYYSA president Richard Christiano said in Wilkes' induction speech.
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