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Manhasset’s Julia Weston Honored As TOPSoccer Buddy

The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) is very pleased announce that Julia Weston has been honored as our 2023 TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year. TOPSoccer stands for The Outreach Program for Soccer, providing an opportunity for children with intellectual, physical and/or social characteristics that may require modified educational practices and services in order to develop to their potential. The award took place at the Eastern New York Hall of Fame Banquet held on January 27 at Marina del Rey in the Bronx.
Julia’s journey with the Auburndale Soccer Club’s TOPSoccer Program began in third grade and she has continued to selflessly devote her time and energy to helping others ever since. As a junior in high school now, Julia’s commitment remains unwavering. She consistently goes above and beyond by arriving an hour early to each session, ensuring that the space is meticulously set up and ready to welcome the Special Needs participants. Her attention to detail and proactive approach create an inclusive and welcoming environment for everyone involved.
What truly sets Julia apart is her remarkable ability to connect with the children. Her kind and gentle nature, coupled with her engaging personality, make her an ideal buddy for these kids. One particular participant formed an extraordinary bond with Julia, to the extent that they would independently reach out to her through calls and FaceTime, with the parent’s permission. Julia’s unwavering support and mentorship, both on and off the field, have transformed her into a trusted friend and confidant for this participant.
Another remarkable example of Julia’s impact lies in her work with a participant who faced hearing difficulties in one ear. Initially timid and hesitant to leave her mother’s side, this child gradually developed trust in Julia’s compassionate approach. Through her patient guidance and encouragement, Julia empowered the player to actively participate in every session. This trust and bond that Julia built with her lasted for an impressive four years, underscoring the profound and lasting impact she has on the lives of those she supports.
Julia’s exceptional leadership qualities shine through in every aspect of her volunteer work. She serves as a role model for other volunteers, inspiring them to emulate her dedication and compassion. Moreover, Julia actively encourages her classmates to get involved and support our cause. Her ability to rally others and foster a sense of community is truly commendable.
With over 100,000 youth soccer players––both boys and girls––and more than 25,000 volunteers, the non-profit Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) stretches from Montauk Point, Long Island to the Canadian border. Members are affiliated with 10 leagues throughout the association, which covers the entire state of New York east of Route 81. ENYYSA exists to promote and enhance the game of soccer for children and teenagers between the ages of 5 and 19 years old, and to encourage the healthy development of youth players, coaches, referees and administrators. All levels of soccer are offered––from intramural, travel team and premier players as well as Children With Special Needs. No child who wants to play soccer is turned away. ENYYSA is a proud member of the United States Soccer Federation and US Youth Soccer. For more information, please log on to http://www.enysoccer.com/
—Submitted by The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association

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