The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association inducted Oceanside school board vice president Michael D’Ambrosio into the Eastern New York Hall of Fame at its hall of fame banquet on Jan. 27 at Marina del Rey in the Bronx.
“Local soccer people know that when you need something done, you can call and depend on Mike D’Ambrosio,” said ENYYSA President Richard Christiano. “It’s incredible the number of hours he volunteers for soccer and other organizations. Somehow in his free time, he also finds the time to serve on the Oceanside School Board since 2013, volunteer on the Pastoral Council of St. Anthony’s Church in Oceanside and work as the Deputy to the Nassau County Commissioner of Parks. Michael continues to work, volunteer, is dedicated, selfless with a heart of gold we all know and love him for.”
D’Ambrosio ‘s soccer journey started in 1988 coaching his daughter Danielle for Oceanside United. D’Ambrosio moved up the ladder as a volunteer at the Oceanside United Soccer Club, serving on the board of directors from 1989 to 2003. He volunteered as intramural director, Bob Schrager Labor Day tournament director, and co-director of the Rudy Lamonica indoor tournament. If volunteering for Oceanside United was not enough, he started volunteering for the Long Island Junior Soccer League board of directors in 2004 and continues to this day.
He has served as a trustee, then vice president and was inducted into Long Island Junior Hockey League Hall of Fame in 2017.
“Michael D’Ambrosio is the best of the best when it comes to being a volunteer. I have known Michael for more than 25 years, part of which he served on the LIJSL Board of Directors during my tenure as President,” said former LIJSL President Addie Mattei-Iaia. “Whenever I needed a job done, he was the one I went to. He never questioned, just would say ‘You got it.’ Loyal, honest, dependable and friend is my best description of Michael.”