Ya-Ya ....Rising to Greatness!

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Hi,

My name is Ya`nique, but most refer to me as Ya-Ya.

I am a 11th  grade student who resides in Saratoga Springs, New York.

I have been playing soccer since the age of four and I am on a tireless pursuit to play the "beautiful game" (Pele`), making my universal footprint on the passion and dream I hold most dearly and close to my heart of playing Division I soccer, and on the highest level (The United State's Youth National Team).

My accomplishments are as follows:

2016 ECNL Playoffs - San Diego, CA (*attending with #1 ranked U18 team in the conference)
2015 USYSA ODP National Championships, AZ

2015 USYSA National Pool - ODP National Camp, FL
2014/2015 - National Pool -
ODP
*2014 Invited to attend US Youth Soccer's Girls National Camp in Chula Vista, Ca. 

*2013/2014 - USYSA Interregional All Star Team *(1 of 12 in the Nation)
2013 National Training Center Invitee
2013/14 USYSA Region 1 - Costa Rica Trip Selection
2013/14 USYSA Region 1 - Boca Raton Trip Selection
2013/14 USYSA Region 1 Team Selection
2012/13 ENYYSA ODP Regional Tournament
2012/13 ENYYSA ODP Team Selection
2012/13 ENYYSA ODP Regional Tournament
2012/13 USYSA Region 1 Camp - Kirkwood
2012/13 USYSA National Pool - Arizona National Camp
2012/13 USYSA National Pool Selection
2012/13 USYSA Region 1 Buffalo Regional Training
2011/12Region 1 Team Selection
2011/12 ENYYSA ODP Regional Tournament
ODP Team Selection
2011/12 ENYYSA (Eastern New York Youth Assoc.) ODP Team Selection
2011/12 ENYYSA ODP Regional Tournament
2011/12 USYSA (United States Youth Soccer Assoc.) Region 1 Team Selection

Professional Experience:

Albany Alleycats Soccer, Albany, NY - NPL Youth Associate Trainer
November 2015 - Present
U.S. Soccer Federation Referee Program
Certified Referee – 2013 - Present

Charity and volunteer work:

*Partnering with Girls Inc. (Schenectady/Albany) to offer free Micro Soccer Clinics - Summer 2016
*Special Olympics Regional Games NY
*Wildwood Developmental Disabled Adult Recreation    Soccer Program, Colonie, NY
*Weed & Seed, Sch’dy, NY
*Regional Food Bank of Northeastern, Latham, NY
*Rensselaer Public Library Open House/Science Fair, Rensselaer, NY
*City of Albany’s Juneteenth Celebration, Albany, NY
*TeamRec Girl Empowerment Challenge, Albany, NY
*Commission on Economic Opportunity WIC Health Fair, Rensselaer, NY
*Trinity Alliance, Albany, NY– Cure Violence Community Event, Albany, NY
*St. Peter’s Hospital South Clinic Family Fun Day, Albany, NY

Other interest:  reading and organizing street soccer games in my local neighborhood.
To tell you more about me, it has been just my mom and I on this unwavering pursuit to fulfill my dreams for the full span of my life on a journey of unwavering commitment to live out my full promise of "rising to greatness"; sage advice I can remember my mom instilling in me since I can remember.

To tell you more about me, it has been just my mom and I on this unwavering pursuit to fulfill my dreams for the full span of my life on a journey of unwavering commitment to live out my full promise of "rising to greatness"; sage advice I can remember my mom instilling in me since I can remember.

My mom, who carries a generosity of spirit incomparable to all others; has always placed my needs before her own and I have witnessed her selfless acts of self-sacrifice year after year despite all we endure.  As I get older, I realize that she is my rock and biggest fan, and I want nothing more than to make her proud, but its seem that my dreams come at a costly price that my mom has always been willing to pay by swallowing her pride, and simply going without taking on pressure and financial distress that by virtue of my youth, I can't possibly comprehend.

We've endured many a hardship along the way and what I am certain of is that my constant travel becomes very costly. 

It's my hope, that through your generous contribution, you may help my mom and I pursue, but for our circumstances, what we never imagined could be possible.

Please know that my will is strong and I humbly appreciate your time, even if you've just read a little bit about the contents of my life. For the mere age of fourteen, I recognize that my vision is without limits and I must be the best representative of believing in myself, as by way of the charitable act of others, who like me, plan to make a social difference by virtue of attaining success, I may be able to one day also pay it forward and impact lasting change. I have already begun this life-long pledge through volunteering at the Regional Foodbank, working with learning disabled adults for Wildwood Programs, volunteering for the Special Olympics
Capital District Summer Regional Games and  countless community events serving impoverished communities in the Capital District.

My abundant gratitude to you all and may all your dreams be fulfilled in the spirit of each day knowing you are capable of "rising to greatness"!

Gratefully yours,
Ya-Ya#62













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Update 5
2 months ago
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Ya-Ya Gives Back!

Ya-Ya partnering this summer with Girls Incorporated of the Greater Capital Region's Schenectady and Albany Chapters to offer free Micro-Soccer Clinic for summer camp members.

Stay tuned for details and dates......
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Update 4
15 months ago
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May 2015
Ya-Ya scores goal to seal 1-0 win against Penn Fusion helping advance Elite Club National League (ECNL) team, Match Fit Academy to #1 Under 15 Girl's team in the country!!!

Go Get Em', Ya-Ya⚽️⚽️⚽️❗️❗️❗️
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Update 3
16 months ago
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2015 USYSA ODP National Championships, AZ
2015 USYSA National Pool - ODP National Camp, FL
2014/2015 - National Pool - ODP 1999 Girls National Camp in Chula Vista, Ca
***2014 (June) - Invited to attend US Youth Soccer's
***2014 (June) - Invited to attend US Youth Soccer's
**2013/2014 - USYSA Interregional All Star Team
2013 National Training Center Invitee
2013/14 USYSA Region 1 - Costa Rica Trip Selection
2013/14 USYSA Region 1 - Boca Raton Trip Selection
2013/14 USYSA Region 1 Team Selection
2012/13 ENYYSA ODP Regional Tournament
2012/13 ENYYSA ODP Team Selection
2012/13 ENYYSA ODP Regional Tournament
2012/13 USYSA Region 1 Camp - Kirkwood
2012/13 USYSA National Pool - Arizona National Camp
2012/13 USYSA National Pool Selection
2012/13 USYSA Region 1 Buffalo Regional Training
Region 1 Team Selection
2011/12 USYSA (United States Youth Soccer Assoc.)
2011/12 ENYYSA ODP Regional Tournament
ODP Team Selection
2011/12 ENYYSA (Eastern New York Youth Assoc.) ODP Team Selection
2011/12 ENYYSA ODP Regional Tournament
2011/12 USYSA (United States Youth Soccer Assoc.) Region 1 Team Selection

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Update 2
31 months ago
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Ya-Ya selected for 2013 US Youth Soccer Olympic Development All-Star Team!!!


All-Star Teams Announced for the 2013 US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Thanksgiving Interregional

FRISCO, Texas (Dec. 6, 2013) "“ US Youth Soccer is proud to announce the US Youth Soccer ODP All-Star teams for the 2013 US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Girls Thanksgiving Interregional, which recently took place Nov. 24-29 at Spanish River Athletic Park in Boca Raton, Fla. Of the nearly 300 players that participated in the event, four rosters were constituted based on outstanding performance "“ one for each of the 1996 through 1999 age groups.

The US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Thanksgiving Interregional featured players that were selected from US Youth Soccer State Association and regional level evaluations. Throughout the six-day event, players trained at practices and competed in matches in front of nearly 100 national staff and collegiate coaches for the opportunity to be selected to a higher level of play.

1999 All-Star Team

Player Region Position Club Hometown
Rachel Dorwart Region I MF Penn Fusion Mechanicsburg, PA
Madison Lowe Region I MF Buffalo Soccer Academy Webster, NY

***Ya'nique (Ya-Ya) VanNess Region I MF Albany Alleycats Ballston Spa, NY****

Emina Ekic Region II FW Javanon Fairdale, KY
Nicolette Hernandez Region II FW NSA Rockets Naperville, IL
Molly O'Brien Region II DF BSC Elite Cincinnati, OH
Brooke Bollinger Region III GK Space Coast United Indialantic, FL
Kendall Higgs Region III MF Boca United Loxahatchee, FL
Taylor Morgan Region III FW PDA Westfield, NJ
Theresa Boade Region IV MF Colorado Rush Golden, CO
Olivia Jones Region IV FW Ahwatukee SC Chandler, AZ
Sophia Serafin Region IV FW West Coast FC Glendora, CA

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$2,120 of $20k goal

Raised by 28 people in 35 months
Created September 27, 2013
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Betsy Drambour
2 months ago (Offline Donation)

We cannot overstate our gratitude and appreciation for your constant support and commitment to making this journey possible! Words fail to express how grateful we are for your generosity... Ya-Ya#10 & Sherelle

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Peg O'Day
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We extend our deepest gratitude, Peg for your generous donation. Please know that your gift is the engine that propels a child to make the impossible an opportunity to "rise to greatness"! A thousand thank you's, again!!! Claim Your Victory, Ya-Ya#10 & Sherelle

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14 months ago

Hardwork, dedication and determination...

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