In an effort to educate parents about the long-term benefits of playing soccer and to alleviate certain pressures, the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) has launched a video series that provides guidance from some of the best known alumni and coaches from New York.
“We hope that parents and players enjoy this video series about Eastern New York Soccer and the interviews to come with several alumni who have gone on to become some of the top players and coaches in the United States,” said Richard Christiano, ENYYSA President. “They will explain what motivated them and the life lessons they learned on the soccer field.“
Among the participants in the series are:
- Sue Ryan, Former Stony Brook University Women’s Soccer Coach and Region I National Coach
- Dr. Dave Masur, St. John’s University Men’s Soccer Coach
- Ray Reid, University of Connecticut Men’s Soccer Coach
- Bob Montgomery, New York Red Bulls Director of Coaching & Development
- Coach Chris Armas, Former US Men’s National Team Player with 66 caps and Current Red Bulls Asst.
- Chris Wingert, Former NYCFC Defender and now with Real Salt Lake
- John Wolyneic, Former New York Red Bulls player and current Asst. Coach with the NY Red Bulls
- Carlos Mendes, New York Cosmos Defender and Captain
- Pat LaManna, Former Adelphi Player, Coach, Administrator and Smithtown Kickers Club President
- Kevin L. McCrudden, ENYYSA and LIJSL Alumnus, International Author and Motivational and Leadership Speaker
ENYYSA consulted with Kevin L. McCrudden to produce the video series with Aurora Productions of Huntington, Long Island. McCrudden is an international author and speaker, known as “Mr. Motivation” and “America’s CMO – Chief Motivation Officer,” Publisher of Soccer Long Island Magazine and Founder of the Long Island Soccer Player Hall of Fame, as well as an alumnus of the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) and ENYYSA.
“This is about guiding our children and being there to support them and making sure that we help them develop the motivation and drive to become successful players, and more importantly, successful human beings,” he said. “It would be wonderful if our kids play on the World Cup team, or in MLS or in the NWSL, but in the end, we are building human beings.”
The video series begins with an introduction to ENYYSA and a different version will be released each Friday for the next 10 weeks. The intent of the series is to help alleviate some of the pressures that are being placed on parents of children playing soccer in New York. There is increasing pressure on parents to move players to different teams and clubs in search of “college scholarships,” which are largely mythical in today’s college scholarship process. Coaches in the series will address the issue of scholarships.
The first video in the series is below.