About the NRSAUpdatedTuesday October 5, 2021 byPaul Tuzzolino.
The North Rockland Soccer Association (NRSA) was founded in1978 by Elvio Nardi, a local barber, and his wife Fran. Their sole intention was to allow the children in North Rockland to have a place to learn and play soccer. They approached the Marian Shrine requesting use of their fields and were met with open arms. They started the NRSA with 250 kids and expanded to the fields at the North Garnerville elementary school. As interest continued to grow, the Nardis expanded into building a soccer field in West Haverstraw as part of a community clean-up project. In the 90’s, the Nardis contacted NY state and, with the help of the town of Haverstraw, made arrangements to acquire the fields on Willow Grove Road, which at that time was a corn field. This could only be achieved with the help of the entire community with plenty of volunteers and fund raising. The goal was to build seven soccer fields over time. With the heart and soul of all the people interested in soccer, it was accomplished.
Since the Nardis started the NRSA, it has become one of the largest recreational programs in the area. The NRSA serves the North Rockland community for boys and girls of all ages. Along with the recreational program, there is a travel program for children who want to play on a more competitive level. Although Elvio passed away in 1998, the non-profit organization continues to serve the community and surrounding areas to this day. Several years after Elvio passed away, the organization honored his memory by naming the fields after him. It is now known as the Nardi Soccer Complex. The phrase Elvio coined, “Let the kids play”, remains as the NRSA motto to this day.
Our mission is to develop, apply and share knowledge that helps build healthy youths through sports. Regardless of ability NRSA runs programs to help youths succeed both on and off the field. Combining physical activity, play, and collaboration, soccer participation in our community provides a meaningful pathway to build social and emotional skills like teamwork, empathy, and problem solving. These foundational skills boost young people’s academic, career and life outcomes.