Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association has awarded John Bingham a Livio D’Arpino Scholarship.
The award is based on academic and athletic success as well as community service. The scholarship’s namesake was an Eastern New York vice president who was seemingly involved in every level of local soccer before his passing in 2002.
Nicknamed “Jack,” Bingham attained a 3.8 grade-point average in the very challenging curriculum at Manhattan’s Regis High School. He also was captain of the soccer and volleyball teams, was a member of the Speech and Debate Club, a member of the Chess Club, wrote for the school newspaper and served as Eucharistic Minister. He also volunteered as Eucharistic Minister at the Hospital for Special Surgery, volunteered as a Catechist and Lector at St. Anne’s Church in Garden City and coached in the Garden City Centennials’ TOPSoccer Program for children with special needs.
“The biggest moment of my soccer career came in my decision to attend Regis High School in Manhattan rather than my local public school,” Bingham wrote in his essay. “As a result of this move, I stopped seeing many of my close friends from home, but I have been able to keep close relationships with many of my friends on my travel team, the Garden City Hurricanes.”
Bingham was a National Merit Scholarship Corporation finalist, received the Adelphi University Prize for Leadership, the New York State Senator Kemp Hannon Athletic Leadership Award and served as an intramural referee for the Garden City Centennials.
He also received a Long Island Junior Soccer League scholarship.
Bingham will attend the University of Notre Dame this fall.