Friday, 31 July 2009 00:00The Long Island Junior Soccer League announced that Brandon Robilotti has been honored with the Bobbie Marks Memorial Scholarship. He received the scholarship in a LIJSL lunch on July 19 at the Huntington Hilton and will be attending Haverford College in Pennsylvania this autumn.
Brandon studied at North Shore High School, where he was on the High Honor Roll every semester, was a National Merit Scholar and an AP Scholar With Distinction. The Sea Cliff resident was a two-year All-Conference varsity soccer player and also All-County Honorable Mention for the Vikings. He played in the LIJSL’s Exceptional Seniors Game.
Also at North Shore, Brandon played varsity golf and ran winter track as well. He donates his time and talents as a peer tutor, altar server and church usher as well as at the Relay for Life.
In the LIJSL, Brandon played for the Port Washington Lightning.
Coach Phil Schools wrote, “It is with great pride and admiration that I have watched Brandon play the game with the highest standards of sporting behavior. He accepts all refereeing decisions without argument and competes within the spirit of the game. He has never received a yellow card from a referee.”
The scholarship’s namesake, Bobbie Marks, grew up in Nottinghamshire, England and the members of her family were big supporters of the Nottingham Forest Football Club. In 1943, she fell in love with an American soldier stationed near her home, David Marks. They married and moved to Port Washington at the conclusion of World War II. Bobbie became active in the LIJSL and her granddaughter received a college soccer scholarship. Bobbie and David helped to financially support the LIJSL Special Children’s Program, then started funding LIJSL Scholarships before her passing in 2004 at the age of 81. She is dearly missed by all who knew her infectious personality.
The Long Island Junior Soccer League was established in 1966 as a non-profit, educational organization and is one of the largest youth soccer leagues in the United States, with 98 member clubs representing approximately 70,000 players on Long Island and in Queens. The LIJSL is operated by volunteers committed to enabling young people to Build Character Through Soccer. The league’s mission is to foster the growth and development of youths under the age of 19, at all levels of competition, emphasizing fun, respect and team-building. As an umbrella organization, the league provides a coaching academy, clinics, tournaments, special competitions, scholarships and special programs for players of all abilities. For more information, please visit our official website at http://www.lijsoccer.com/.