This fall Olivia Christiano of Seaford will play her college soccer at Caldwell University in New Jersey.
But before kicking her first ball as a college player, the Island Trees High School graduate has been honored by the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) with its Jack Bauman Scholarship, which is awarded based on a student/athlete’s success in high school and his/her community service.
On the pitch, Christiano played for the Island Trees Shooting Stars as part of the Long Island Junior Soccer League. She also took part in its Player Development Program.
In high school, she was an honor roll student and an All-Conference player. Off the field she volunteered with numerous local groups including the Garden of Hope, Caroling for Cans, PB&J For the Homeless, Athletes Helping Athletes, the Key Club, Yearbook Club and Spanish Club.
In her essay as part of the scholarship application, Christiano wrote, “Being on a team has given me the skills of analytical and strategic thinking, as well as leadership skills. These skills helped me be a team player and that’s a characteristic you need when you have a career and have to work with all different types of personalities. You learn not only about the sport but new aspects on how skilled you and your teammates are both mentally and physically. (Soccer) is a great sport that I am so grateful to be involved in and can’t wait for what the future has in store.”
The Jack Bauman Scholarship received by Christiano is named for the man who is widely considered the father of women’s soccer on Long Island. He was involved with the Massapequa Soccer Club and ENYYSA as part of his effort to ensure that girls had equal opportunities to play soccer.