The following announcements were send out through Eastern New York's Registration System announcing CDYSL athletes as recipients of Eastern New York Provided scholarships. Congrats to all the athletes!
The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) is very pleased to announce that Kieran Hughes is receiving a Livio D’Arpino Scholarship. The scholarship’s namesake was a beloved Eastern New York Vice President who was seemingly involved in every level of local soccer before his untimely passing in 2002. The award is based on success in high school as well as community service.
The Latham resident was on the Honor Roll and received the Seal of Biliteracy in Spanish before graduating from Shaker High School this past June.
Kieran is also receiving a scholarship from the Capital District Youth Soccer League (CDYSL). He played for the CDYSL’s Latham Circle Soccer Club plus has officiated hundreds of youth soccer games in both the CDYSL and at Afrim’s Sports.
He wrote in his essay, “During my sophomore year of high school, I was diagnosed with a chronic illness known as ulcerative colitis. I did not know it at the time but the diagnosis has given me a life-changing form of adversity that would shape my life from that day forward.
Prior to my diagnosis, I was an active person. I worked as a certified referee for the CDYSL, captained my JV soccer team and played on the varsity team during their sectional run...The following year, due to my health, I struggled to earn a spot on the JV team.
I was absent from school 25 days during my junior year, was hospitalized for a second time and found difficulty in participating in activities due to fatigue. I succeeded in putting my school work first and my grades remained the same as previous years.
I’ve come to the hard realization that playing competitive soccer in college is no longer an option but my love for the game will never change. I plan to join the club team in college and will also continue working as a referee…Through this experience, I’ve prevailed as a stronger individual. This daily battle with my body continues to give me the confidence day after day to prove to myself that I’m able to win this battle.”
We wish Kieran the best at Siena College this fall.
Niskayuna resident George Tsakalakos is receiving a Livio D’Arpino Scholarship from the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA). The award is based on success in high school as well as community service.
The scholarship’s namesake, Livio D’Arpino, was a beloved Eastern New York Vice President who was seemingly involved in every level of local soccer before his untimely passing in 2002. In a nice irony, Livio founded the Frosinone Soccer Club on Long Island and George was a 10-year-old camper taught by coaches from Italy at the Frosinone Soccer Camp in Rotterdam back in 2011.
At Niskayuna High School, George was Class Vice President, carried an unweighted GPA of 3.73 and scored 1430 on the SAT. He was a member of the National Honor Society and received the Departmental Certificate of Merit in Social Studies, Spanish and Chinese.
George was varsity captain at Niskayuna High School’s boys soccer team and played club soccer with Blackwatch Premier, playing in the State Open Cup final, the Super Y-League national tournament and winning the Jefferson Cup in Virginia, the Potomac Memorial Tournament in Maryland and the Disney Showcase in Florida with his team.
Additionally, George volunteered in two faith-based youth groups and as an altar boy at his Greek Orthodox Church plus somehow also found the time to work as an orthopedic surgery intern and plastic surgery intern.
Eastern New York wishes George the best in his studies and on the soccer team at Emory University this fall.