December 27, 2012
ENYYSA at $46K, closer to $80K goal
On the way to a total donation goal of $80,000, the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association has given $46,000 in checks to its needy clubs.
These clubs are using the money from ENYYSA to rebuild after the devastation of super storm Sandy.
To the Staten Island Youth Soccer League, ENYYSA has sent $2,000 each to these clubs:
* Our Lady Help of Christians to add to the donations they collected for OLHC Hurricane Relief and Dresch Family Funds
* Richmondtown Soccer Club to help a devastated family
* Staten Island United to replace uniforms and equipment
* A $4,000 donation was made to the Petrides Soccer Club to replace uniforms, repair a turf field and help a needy family
To the Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League, the most historic youth soccer league in the United States, ENYYSA has sent $2,000 each to these clubs:
* Kosmos Soccer Club to replace goals, nets and uniforms in the hard-hit Rockaways
* Silver Lake Soccer Academy to help six needy families
ENYYSA has given $2,000 each to these clubs in the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL), one of the largest soccer leagues in the world:
* East End FC in Riverhead, to replace goals
* East Islip Soccer Club, a donation for its “Soccer vs. Sandy” tournament
* Farmingdale Soccer Club, a donation to their Turkey Bowl Tournament for hurricane relief
* Garden City Centennial Soccer Club to help a needy family
* Hewlett/Lawrence Soccer Club to replace goals and nets
* Long Beach Soccer Club to help needy families
* Lindenhurst Soccer Club to help needy families
* Lynbrook/East Rockaway Soccer Club to replace uniforms and field equipment
* Plainedge Soccer Club, a donation for its tournament for hurricane relief
* Riverhead Soccer Club to replace goals
* Rockville Centre Soccer Club to help a needy family
* West Babylon Soccer Club to replace an awning at their home field
* A $4,000 donation to the West Islip Soccer Club to help eight needy families
Not surprisingly, ENYYSA president Richard Christiano and the money were very well-received at the LIJSL Presidents Meeting on December 13 at the Huntington Hilton. With houses, roads and soccer equipment destroyed in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the LIJSL cancelled the last three weeks of its fall season. At the meeting, the 100 club presidents voted to have the league keep the money from the cancelled games and donate to the neediest clubs.
ENYYSA has also given a $2,000 donation to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation for super storm Sandy relief and a $2,000 donation to Bryan Kessler, whose sister-in-law died from carbon monoxide poisoning and the family lost their house during the storm.
The $2,000 in donations to Hewlett/Lawrence, Kosmos, Lynbrook/East Rockaway, Petrides, Richmondtown, Riverhead, Staten Island United, West Babylon and West Islip also will matched by Region 1 of the United States Youth Soccer Association.