ESFNA Welcomes EHSNA Decision – ESFNA Press Release

The Ethiopian Sports Federation in North America (ESFNA) recognizes and welcomes the decision of The Ethiopian Heritage Society of North America (EHSNA) to postpone their 2012 gathering to not conflict with our traditional July 4th celebration tournament week.  This change of date was reflected in the press release issued by EHSNA on February 29, 2012.  We feel this decision bolsters all Ethiopians and those that support ESFNA, to celebrate our tournament and events, in unison, during the first week of July, 2012 for the 29th year in a row.

ESFNA, with more energy than ever, is working very hard to make Dallas 2012, from July 1st to July 7th, 2012 a great success.  We are anticipating the biggest gathering of Ethiopians in the history of our storied organization.  The only one of its kind, ESFNA is nearing its 30th year of existence and Dallas will be the beginning of a yearlong celebration to commemorate this tremendous milestone.

Our goal for this year is for more than 100,000 Ethiopians to come to Dallas and make it a landmark year in which Ethiopians can show what we are capable of achieving when we work together.  We hope 2012 is a pivotal year in which Ethiopians in many facets can begin to find common ground and collaborate even more towards a better future for Ethiopians around the world.

ESFNA would like to take this opportunity to wish EHSNA success in their 2012 Labor Day weekend event in Washington, DC.  Our heritage is vast and wide and EHSNA’s effort to expose our children born outside Ethiopia and non-Ethiopians to our marvelous history and traditions are very commendable.

Ethiopian Sports Federation in North America (ESFNA):

Bringing Ethiopians Together™

ESFNA prides itself in creating a unique stage where Ethiopians of all background, ethnicity, religion and political convictions can come together to celebrate our long enduring unique heritage and the diversity that has become our strength through the millenniums.  Our goal and vision through the past 29 years has been to maintain ESFNA’s annual festivities as the Mecca where ALL Ethiopians and supporters can come together once a year and create our own mini Ethiopia in the land of our refuge.

Founded in 1984, ESFNA is a non-profit organization dedicated to promote the rich Ethiopian culture and heritage as well as build positive environment within Ethiopian-American communities in North America. Its mission is bringing Ethiopians together to network, support the business community, empower the young by providing scholarships and mentoring programs, primarily using soccer tournaments, other sports activities and cultural events as vehicles.  ESFNA, by virtue of its status is non-political, non-religious and non-ethnic. We adhered to this position all along because we are legally expected to take such a stance.

ESFNA Public Relations

Johnny G.Berhanu


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