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Jul, 2021

Adetayo Ebo and Austin Lloyd Add Value to NJ Youth Soccer

Richard Leister, NJYS Contributor

Rutgers University Student Volunteers Were Key in Coordinating this Year’s NJYS State Cups

New Jersey Youth Soccer focuses on providing fun and safe soccer experiences for all ages and abilities, and to accomplish that vision, NJ Youth Soccer relies on the support of volunteers in the local communities. This year, NJ Youth Soccer integrated student volunteers, which brought Austin Lloyd and Adetayo Ebo from Rutgers University into the organization. Their efforts were significant, and the results were impressive as both were key team members in executing the NJYS State Cups that involved more than 1,000 teams across the state.

The Rutgers University Global Sports Business Master’s Degree Program is designed to train leaders for careers in all sectors of the sports industry. It is a broad-based, inherently global, industry-specific program of study that reflects Rutgers’ traditional strengths in finance, marketing, management and law, as well as its location in the New York/Philadelphia/Washington northeast corridor, the center of the sports industry.

Austin is a native of Hamilton, New Jersey. As a Communication and Sport Management double major at Rutgers University, Austin desires to work within community relations for a sports team or league so he can ensure new audiences are reached and the local youth community has the chance to be impacted by sports.

“I was made aware of the opportunity by a Rutgers professor and was instantly interested in entering my name into the hat,” said Lloyd. “I knew that volunteering with NJYS would help develop valuable skills needed to succeed in the sports industry. Also, I grew up playing soccer and was a part of the NJYS State Cups, and I wanted to witness all that goes into an event that had such a big impact on me as a kid.”

During his time with NJ Youth Soccer, Austin played an integral role in coordinating this spring’s NJYS State Cups. As a previous participant in the tournament, Austin was surprised by the amount of work that went into putting on the event for the teams. To begin, Austin was tasked with reviewing team applications for proper entry into the tournament before the final review by staff. Once the field was set, he drafted the tournament bracket, which led to the tournament final for each respective age group. As the State Cup finals in Marlboro approached, Austin facilitated tournament communication with the teams, as well as creating the event outline which detailed all logistics needed for a smooth event.

After his work on the NJYS State Cups, Austin realizes the importance of always being prepared, flexible and detail oriented, as it is required for the successful completion of an event. Undoubtedly, Austin’s highlight of his volunteer experience was being able to watch the culmination of all of his hard work with the execution of this year’s tournament.

“My advice for someone interested in volunteering with NJYS is to be adaptable and be willing to try anything,” he explained. “ Multiple projects are always occurring within the organization, so being adaptable is key, and if you are open to anything, you will have the ability to gain experience in multiple areas.”

Born and raised in Nigeria, Adetayo and his family migrated to America and Somerset, New Jersey, when he was a child. Adetayo graduated Rutgers University as an Exercise Science major, and currently, he is completing his Masters in Global Sports Business. Due to the role that sports and soccer played in his life, Adetayo knows that a career in sports is his ultimate goal and believed that the volunteer opportunity with NJ Youth Soccer gave him key event management and marketing experience that would assist him in his future endeavors. He also relished the opportunity to help set the stage and coordinate the biggest youth soccer competition in the state.

While volunteering remotely to start, Adetayo immediately saw the value in this new student opportunity with NJ Youth Soccer. Alongside Austin, he gained experience assisting with team registration, drafting flighting brackets and facilitating email and marketing initiatives for the NJYS State Cups. Both Adetayo and Austin credit the office staff of NJ Youth Soccer, including Ryan Foley, Nicole Petras and Lorie Hynes, for providing them the guidance needed to be able to effectively and efficiently coordinate the NJYS State Cups this spring.

“If you want to learn about the sports industry and what it takes to succeed, while being support by an amazing staff who will serve as future connections, NJYS is the best place to be,” Adetayo stated. “Personally, the highlight of my experience was the chance to engage with the many coaches and players and to see their emotions after each game, as it reaffirmed my love for the game and desire to work in sports."

To get started on your volunteer opportunity, complete and submit this questionnaire. If you have more questions about how you or your community can get involved with NJ Youth Soccer, email [email protected].

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