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San Jose: Ethiopian Sports Federation in North America 2010

The Ethiopian Sports Federation in North America (ESFNA) has announced its 27th annual sports and cultural event to take place from June 27 to July 3, 2010. Yes, San Jose, California will be the host this year.

The “S” in ESFNA once stood for “Soccer”, but over the years, that did change to “Sport” so that other sports could be added. However, lately, the event has become more than sports. Therefore, the website’s ( translates ESFNA in Amharic as, “Ethiopian Sports and Cultural Federation in North America”. I agree with the translation and it really makes sense.


Below is the message taken from ESFNA’s website (

Our headquarter hotel will be San Jose Marriott located in downtown San Jose (301 S. Market St.). This hotel has vitality that comes from being located in the heart of San Jose’s Business District and it is connected to the San Jose McEnery Convention Center where we will be having our Closing Night Concert. It’s minutes from the airport and has 506 rooms. The hotel amenities include fitness center, outdoor pool, Jacuzzi and much more. There are numerous eateries and night spots in walking distance to the hotel. For reservations, please call 408-280-1300 or click on the link here. To get the discounted group rate, please mention Ethiopian Sports Federation in North America.

The Tournament will take place at the historical Spartan Stadium of San Jose State University. Originally built in 1933 as a 4,000 seat facility, it has been renovated and expanded over the years to its present capacity of over 26,000. Between 1996 and 2005 it was the home stadium for San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer. In spring of 2009, the grass field surface was replaced by field turf.

The Board of Directors and Executive Committee (EC) of the Ethiopian Sports Federation in North America (ESFNA) held its annual winter meeting in the beautiful city of San Jose, CA on Columbus Day weekend October 10 and 11, 2009. In this meeting the city of San Jose was awarded the privilege of hosting ESFNA’s 27th Annual Tournament beginning June 27th to July 3rd, 2010. We would like to congratulate our member team San Jose Lions and the Ethiopian Community at large for submitting the best possible bid for ESFNA 2010.

It should be noted that our member team Walia of San Francisco will be working very closely with San Jose to make our 27th tournament a success. We would like to thank member teams in Toronto, Portland and Atlanta for their willingness to host our Tournament and wish them better success in the future.

San Jose which means St. Joseph was founded by Spanish pioneers back in 1777. San Jose’s first name was El Pueblo de San Jose de Guadalupe. It was California’s first capital in 1849. It has grown to become America’s 10th largest city and California’s third largest surpassing Oakland and San Francisco. When ESFNA was last in this area, the population was about 890,000 and it is now 1,007,000. There are an estimated 20,000 Ethiopians in and around San Jose and another 20,000 in nearby cities like San Francisco and Oakland.

Don’t let the absence of the usual big city downtown cluster of steel skyscrapers fool you. All the elements you expect from a big city, ethnic diversity, world class museums, a thriving dinning scene, pulsating night life and rush hour traffic can be found in San Jose.

Not too far from our hotel you’ll find one-of-a-kind Tech Museum housing hands on scientific exhibits to engage your mind. The Children’s Discovery Museum, ranked one of the top 10 children’s museum in the west is a must see and a place to take the kids. No trip to San Jose is complete without a visit to Winchester Mystery House. It’s an amazing 160-room mansion built by Sarah Winchester. It is said that she built around-the-clock for 38 years to appease the spirits of those gunned-down by her family’s famous Winchester rifle. Construction began in 1884 and it stopped immediately after Sarah’s death on September 5, 1922. The cost for such constant building has been estimated at about $5.5 million if paid in 1922. This would be equivalent to almost $70 million in 2009 dollars.

From generations of Hispanics, Chinese and Japanese to the most recent influx of foreign born workers, including Ethiopians, brought on by the high-tech boom, one can see San Jose’s diversity. On September 8, 2009 The Ethiopian Flag was raised high above the city hall at a flag raising ceremony hosted by the Mayor, Vice Mayor and numerous guests, in recognition of Ethiopians in San Jose and making all Ethiopians and Ethiopian Americans proud of their heritage, culture and history. There are at least six Ethiopian restaurants in San Jose, five in Oakland, about 45 minutes drive time and two in San Francisco.

In addition to the more popularly known cities like Oakland and San Francisco the “Silicon Valley” offers a visitor a chance to explore the scenic Pacific coastline of beaches and historical cities such as Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Santa Cruz and Mountain View. Whether it’s shopping or dinning, visiting galleries or museums, wine tasting or golfing San Jose has fast become a popular destination and we are confident that our guests, players and supporters will have a memorable time.

Among the many items and issues at the winter meeting, ESFNA held one of its democratic elections that we are all proud of. Six of the nine EC members had finished their term and were up for re-election. Elias Debru Dimberu our former Internal Auditor did not run for re election for personal reasons and our former Tournament Coordinator Zewdu Takele also opted not to run for health reasons.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Elias and Zewdu for their service and dedication. We are more than sure that they will continue to be associated with ESFNA for a long time to come.

The Board of Directors re elected Samuel Abate, Secretary, Bisrat Desta, Business Manager, Taye Wogederes, Treasurer and Fassil Abebe, Public Relation Officer for another term, keeping the team almost intact from the previous two years. With the experience of the last couple of years and in association with the other colleagues such as Mekonnen Demisew, President, Abiye Nurelign, Vice President and Abework Abay, Finance Chair, much is expected from the current Executive Committee.

The Board also elected two new members to the EC. Zelalem (Zulu) Seifu of Maryland, Internal Auditor and Endale Tufer of Atlanta, Tournament Coordinator. Both individuals bring a vast knowledge of ESFNA and unequaled passion to their new assignment. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome them to the EC and wish them success.

As we fast approach our 27th Anniversary ESFNA would like to present its heart felt appreciation to the players, fans, supporters and vendors that makes it the premier event to attend year after year. We have no doubt San Jose 2010 will be the best ever, so far.

PR Department.

I am hoping that I will be able to make it to San Jose this summer. This ESFNA annual event is beyond sports; it is a cultural event, where one re-connects with their heritage. Some have connected with their significant others and some did actually find their spouse!

I am eager to see the same or better enthusiasm as the 2004 event in Seattle, where more than 30,000 Ethiopians attended.

Are you going to this year’s event? See you there!


My next blog entry will be on Thursday May 13, 2010.
Mullkam Samint!


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