By De Birhan
08 July 2012
08 July 2012
The Ethiopian Sports Federation in North America (ESFNA) is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization founded in 1984 to promote amateur soccer and cultural events within the Ethiopian community in the North America. Over the past several years, ESFNA has become a cultural and sports center for Ethiopians in North America. Every year more than twenty thousand Ethiopians and American friends spend one week in the host city by taking part in the sports and cultural events organized for their enjoyment.
This year Dallas, U.S.A. was selected to host the event from July 1 to 7, 2012. After a splinter group that was funded and supported by the regime in Ethiopia and the financing tycoon, Al Amoudi, launched its own AESAONE (All Ethiopian Sports Association ONE) event, organized a similar event in Washington DC, many feared that it would divide the community and cause confusion. However, the Ethiopian community largely attended and remained with the oldest and parent organisation ESFNA in Dallas. According to De Birhan’s partners in U.S.A., the event in Dallas was in short a “success”. The videos below capture some of the fun in ESFNA’s colorful “Ethiopian Day” event. Check it out.