Brittany Shaneberger has a strong family connection to soccer on Long Island.
The South Huntington resident and Walt Whitman High School graduate is the granddaughter of Livio D’Arpino, a former vice president of the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) who is the namesake of scholarships presented annually to two boys players.
Shaneberger is also this year’s recipient of the Jack Bauman Scholarship, named for the man who is considered the father of women’s soccer on Long Island. With connections to the Massapequa Soccer Club and ENYYSA Bauman worked to ensure girls who wanted to play soccer had the same opportunities as boys.
In her scholarship essay, Shaneberger wrote, “From the time I first began to walk, I could always be found with a ball at my feet. As the granddaughter of the late Livio D’Arpino, I have an inherited his passion for soccer. My grandfather never had the opportunity to see me play, but I take the field in honor of his legacy. Since joining my first team at age three, I’ve never missed a game.”
In addition to playing high school ball at Walt Whitman, Shaneberger played her club ball with the HBC Apaches of the Long Island Junior Soccer League and also played with the Long Island Rough Riders. She will attend John Jay College this fall.