Friday, 14 August 2009 00:00The Long Island Junior Soccer League is pleased to announce that Justyne Passarelli of Glen Head has been awarded the LIJSL’s Waldbaum’s Scholarship, named after the longtime league sponsor. Justyne will be studying at Stony Brook University and she will be honored at a LIJSL luncheon on Sunday, July 19 at the Huntington Hilton.
Justyne graduated from North Shore High School. She made her distinction as a student as she was selected to the National Honors Society and received the New York State Scholar/Athlete Award while taking a meaty schedule of Advanced Placement classes.
She volunteered with various community service projects including Peer Leadership programs, the American Red Cross and the LIJSL Special Children’s Program.
In the LIJSL, she played goalkeeper for the Port Washington Scorpions and is one of the league’s best assistant referees. She was also excellent in goal for North Shore High School as she was captain of the Vikings varsity team and earned All-County, All-Class and Team MVP honors. She also played lacrosse, basketball plus ran winter track her sophomore year.
In her essay, she wrote that “since kindergarten, age 5, I have played goalkeeper. My first coach was John Paollilo and he gave me the confidence to play goalkeeper. When I was 10, John lost his life on September 11 as a New York City firefighter. Next to my All-County and MVP awards sits my kindergarten team photo. I remember Coach John and the impact he had on my life both on and off the field.”
The Long Island Junior Soccer League was established in 1966 as a nonprofit, 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, visit http://www.lijsoccer.com.