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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