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Mar, 2022

NJ Youth Soccer Announces 2021 Allan B. Sinclair Memorial Scholarship Recipients

Khya Robinson, NJ Youth Soccer

New Jersey Youth Soccer continues its virtual celebration of the 34th Annual NJYS Awards Presented by RWJBarnabas Health today, officially announcing Courtney Butash and Patrick Earnest as the recipients of the 2021 Allan B. Sinclair Memorial Scholarship. As part of their acknowledgement, Butash and Earnest participated in an exclusive interview with New York Red Bulls defender John Tolkin.

The Allan B. Sinclair Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the many contributions that Allan B. Sinclair made to youth soccer. Sinclair had an extensive career with NJ Youth Soccer, serving as NJYS President for nearly 25 years before working as the NJYS Executive Director from 2008-2012. His time and dedication to youth soccer was mostly done as a volunteer, not only in the state but also in the region.

Courtney Butash first began playing soccer at the age of five. In her first season, she unfortunately stumbled and broke her wrist. Despite being sidelined that year, her coach and teammates went out of their way to make sure she still felt included, which helped in making her love for soccer truly blossom. She quickly became a leader and was eventually selected as a captain of her high school team for her senior year. In addition to playing the game, Butash has also been a US Soccer referee since she was 14. Not only has she remained committed to soccer, but she has also maintained incredible academic performance as well. With the help of the Allan B. Sinclair Memorial Scholarship, Butash will continue her studies in college and has aspirations to keep playing soccer and refereeing games.

“I am very excited and grateful for having been selected as one of the winners for such a prestigious honor,” said Butash. “Soccer has held a special place in my heart since I was young, and I am proud to be recognized by New Jersey Youth Soccer for my accomplishments both in school and soccer.”

Since he was three-years-old, soccer has been a huge part of Patrick Earnest’s life. Normally a quiet person, he becomes a verbal, direct and encouraging person once he steps onto the soccer field. He has developed tremendous leadership skills and has also earned the honor of becoming captain of his soccer team. The game of soccer has certainly taught Earnest discipline and commitment, but the most important thing soccer has provided him is lifelong friends and mentors. Even though he plays soccer nearly seven days per week, he has still managed to maintain phenomenal academic performance.

“I am very honored to be chosen for this scholarship,” said Earnest. “There are so many fabulous members of New Jersey Youth Soccer, and to be selected for this is something I am very thankful for. NJYS and my coaches have been an important part of my development, and I know I will use the skills they taught me on and off the field for years to come.”

The virtual celebration of the NJYS Awards Presented by RWJBarnabas Health will continue over the coming weeks, with award winners being announced and featured in special video interviews. To find out more information about New Jersey Youth Soccer or to contact us directly, please email [email protected]. Also make sure to follow us on social media: @NJYouthSoccer

As part of their acknowledgement, Butash and Earnest participated in an exclusive interview with New York Red Bulls defender John Tolkin.

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