HALL OF FAME
The EDSL has two new Hall of Famers, Elias Tsekerides amd August Cambria were awarded with the maximum distinction that ENYSSA could provide.
AUGUST CAMBRIA – EDSL
August Cambria started working part time for the Yonkers Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation (YDPRC) in 1974. Upon graduation from Southern Connect State College, with a degree in Recreation and Leisure Management he started work for the YDPRC as a CETA employee and was then hired in 1979 as a Recreation Supervisor. He was involved in all aspects of the Recreation and programming and spent a large amount of time in charge of Sports overseeing all the various sports leagues including the Boys and Girls clubs in the City. In 1992 he was promoted to Director of Recreation and took a personal interest in the Youth Soccer programming overseeing the in-house programs of all the clubs and organizing, scheduling and monitoring over 60+ teams playing at 22 field’s city wide. He also was a main factor in starting “Yonkers United”, the overall city’s youth traveling soccer program. For Yonkers United he ran an annual Columbus Day Tournament which attracted 32 teams from the tristate area. This tournament grew from the original 32 teams to over 250 teams.
In 1994 he was promoted to Deputy Commissioner and continued to oversee and take an active role in the Youth Soccer Leagues. In 2003 He was approached by members of a local adult recreational soccer League that played at Pelton Field. He was asked to help regulate and organize their League. They were not affiliated with any State or Local Organization. During his years of involvement in soccer Mr. Cambria had the pleasure meeting Mr. Peter Pinori who was President of the Eastern District Soccer League. With Mr. Pinori’s guidance and assistance Liga de Yonkers, consisting of 20 teams, was formed in 2003 under the auspices of The Eastern District Soccer League and Eastern New York State Soccer Association. Mr. Cambria was promoted to Commissioner in 2008 but still helped run, schedule and oversee Liga De Yonkers.
During his time as Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner he was instrumental in getting 5 turf fields constructed which enhanced and promoted soccer and attracted teams and leagues from all of southern New York. Mr. Cambria, after 35+ years working for YDPRC, retired in 2011 but continues today to run and act as registrar for the Liga de Yonkers and is a member of the EDSL Executive Board.