By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
September 8, 2020-The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) is very pleased to announce that at our Annual General Meeting last month, Luis Montoya was elected as a Life Member, which is ENYYSA’s version of the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Luis is all about making sure that all children in the United States can play the world’s most popular sport. He founded the Big Apple Youth Soccer League (BAYSL) in 1997 to serve the growing number of soccer families who recently arrived in New York City. He was the only President the BAYSL had ever known until Carlos Vergara succeeded him earlier this year.
He served as a member of the Diversity Committee for US Soccer under four Presidents: Alan Rothenberg, Dr. Bob Contguglia, Sunil Gulati and Carlos Cordeiro.
The Astoria resident had two tours of duty as ENYYSA Trustee, when Barry Salter was President and also under the Presidency of Richard Christiano. With ENYYSA, Luis chaired the Soccer Start/Inner City Committee and volunteered as a member on the Appeals, Tournament Control and Publicity Committees.
Luis has also volunteered as Games Chairperson for the Hellenic-American Soccer League and was on the Board of Directors for that league for seven years as well as serving as Trustee for a few years in the Eastern New York State Adult Soccer Association. Additionally, for nearly two decades, he promoted and coordinated C, D, E and F coaching courses in New York City with Alfonso Mondelo, Arnold Ramirez, John Ramirez, Howard Rubinstein and Nick Zlatar.
Because of all this volunteering, the BAYSL named its annual tournament after him.
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.