Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association announced that Kaitlyn Mullen will receive a Jack Bauman Scholarship.

Mullen’s parents were coordinators of the Sacred Heart Soccer Club in the Staten Island Youth Soccer League.

At Notre Dame Academy, she played varsity soccer for three seasons and was a member of the National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society. She volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, Girls Who Code Club and Staten Island United’s Total Soccer Experience, which trains young children to become confident soccer players in an encouraging environment.

Mullen recently became a certified referee and has been refereeing intramural games on Staten Island and currently plays soccer for the SIYSL’s Cedar Stars Academy 1999 Gunners.

In her essay, Mullen wrote, “Playing soccer throughout my life not only served as an extracurricular hobby but it also opened my eyes to how influential leadership, teamwork and respect are in everyday life.”

Mullen will attend and play soccer at Loyola University in Maryland this fall.

Bauman is considered the father of women’s soccer on Long Island. He was devoted to the Massapequa Soccer Club, Eastern New York and making sure that girls had as many opportunities to play soccer as boys did in an era when girls playing sports was not as accepted as it is today. The award is based on academic and athletic success as well as community service.