For the the past eight years, Christopher Mistretta has been a member of the West Hempstead Tomahawks boys soccer team and has been active in several other areas of the sport in his community.
Now, Mistretta is being honored by the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) with the Livio D’Arpino Scholarship. The award is based on academic and athletic success as well as community service. The scholarship is named for the former Eastern New York Vice President who was active in local soccer before his passing in 2002.
At West Hempstead High School, Mistretta was a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and Tri-M Honor Society and did not receive a grade lower than 90% during his high school career. He was a member of the high school’s varsity soccer and baseball teams plus ran varsity track. Off the field Mistretta was a member of the Student Council and Mathletes. He will attend Binghamton University this fall.
“Christopher’s positive attitude, dedication, communication skills and work ethic have allowed him to become a strong leader and positive influence within the school community,” said Christian Van Kovics, West Hempstead’s varsity soccer coach.
Within the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL), Mistretta volunteered with LIJSL TOPSoccer Special Children’s Program, served as a referee while also playing with the Tomahawks.
“Over the past eight years, I have watched (Mistretta) grow and mature into the amazing person he is today,” said Loraine Magaraci, coach of the Tomahawks. “He helps motivate and keep the team going at all times. Christopher is a huge part why our team is so successful. We are one of the few teams to not only stay together as long as we have, but take first place in our division and win the LIJSL Sportsmanship Award four different seasons.“