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Mar, 2020

NJYS Special Feature: Harry Schwartz

Harry Schwartz plays youth soccer with the Torpedoes Soccer Club, which is based in Wyckoff, New Jersey. In addition to being a player, he also expanded his time in soccer as a NJ Youth Soccer volunteer and through NJYS TOPSoccer, a community based training and team placement program for young athletes with special needs. Most recently, Harry completed his second volunteer experience with the NJYS Awards Dinner, an event that hosted more than 900 members of the NJ Youth Soccer community. We took this opportunity to help tell his story and express our appreciation for the great effort he has demonstrated over the course of his community service efforts, which counted towards his high school's requirements for National Honors Society.

What brought you to reach out to NJ Youth Soccer?

Being involved with the TOPSoccer Buddy Program, I wanted to see if I could dive deeper into the state's soccer administration. After making multiple calls to different NJ Youth Soccer employees, I was extremely grateful to have gotten into contact with Executive Director Evan Dabby, who took me under his wing and provided me with community service project opportunities.

What is your background with soccer?

From the age of eight years old, I have been a member of the Torpedos Soccer Club. I love to get outside and be able to play with my friends. I have also played High School Soccer for three years.

What projects did you work on as part of your community service?

While working with the NJYS, I helped organize online file databases and helped at social events throughout New Jersey.

What did you find most enjoyable and rewarding?

I loved the social events - being able to make real contributions throughout events, being asked to help out with tasks and managing things. It gave me a newfound sense of responsibility.

What did you learn?

From the experience, I was able to learn more about the actual impact that NJYS has statewide. From its annual awards dinner to hosting tournaments, NJYS is able to help out in towns all over New Jersey.

What was most challenging?

Throughout my time as a volunteer of NJYS, I really felt no pressure or stress when helping in events or when being asked to organize online files. All NJYS staff that I was in contact with were very supportive and flexible with their own due dates.

How do you think this experience will help you in the future?

I believe that the experience has made me mature as a person and helped me find a new sense of responsibility within myself.

What do you enjoy most in your free time?

In my free time, I love to meet up with friends and hangout.

What are your favorite subjects in school and why?

My favorite subjects in school are English and Physics. My teachers are extremely supportive and make their lessons entertaining.

Would you recommend community service projects with NJ Youth Soccer to other students? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend others to involve themselves with NJ Youth Soccer to earn community service hours. The entire NJ Youth Soccer team is extremely supportive and flexible with the events you participate in.

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Email: [email protected]
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