By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
August 20, 2020-The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) is very pleased to announce that Alexa Rispoli is receiving a Patricia Louise Masotto and Brenda Driscoll Scholarship. The award is based on success in high school as well as community service.
Alexa was on the High Honor Roll and received the Scholar/Athlete Award at Mahopac High School while doing advanced coursework. She played varsity soccer and lacrosse, captaining the latter, as well as running varsity track during the winter.
The Mahopac resident has been a certified referee and assistant referee for the past three years.
In her essay, she wrote, “I grew up in the Mahopac Soccer Club, then subsidized my training by working with professional players an hour away from home. A normal high school day would consist of waking up for school, utilizing the 45 minutes between the end of classes and practice to do homework, practicing for a couple of hours at high school, eating dinner in the car to travel Upstate for a 2-hour training session, doing more homework and studying on the way back to finally arriving home at 10:30 pm.”
The scholarship’s namesakes, Patricia Louise Masotto and Brenda Driscoll, were best friends and top women’s soccer players from Massapequa, Long Island and Eastern New York set up a scholarship in their name after they were killed by a drunk driver in 1985.
We wish Alexa the best in studying and playing soccer at Wagner College.
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 http://www.enysoccer.com/, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.