It is with a great pleasure that ESFNA announces Ato Tesfaye Shiferaw and Ato Arefayne Mitiku as 2012 ESFNA Tournament Guest-of-Honor. It is ESFNA tradition to honor those who represent our country with distinction, and made a valuable contributions to our society. Read more...
Temporary Restraining Order
(TRO) Extended Indefinately
ESFNA ONE, through its attorneys DLA Piper, has agreed to an extension of the TRO indefinitely.
Because of this agreement, the hearing scheduled for May 14, 2012, afternoon has been suspended.
In the mean time, the parties will be working on language that will resolve the issue on a permanent basis.
If there is an agreement, the matter will be resolved. If there is no agreement, the matter will be set for a hearing once again.
ESFNA Statement Regarding Temporary Restraining Order (TROp) to avoid confusion among ESFNA’s customers, vendors, sponsors and the Ethiopian Community at large.
Maryland, Friday, April 13, 2012: Ethiopian Sport Federation in North America, ESFNA, was granted a temporary restraining order (TRO) against ESFNAONE. The Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) directs ESFNAONE and its, officers, agents, servants, employees, attorneys and other persons who are in active concert or participation with ESFNAONE, to cease and desist from using the name ESFNAONE., ESFNA or any variant thereof of, or the slogan “Bringing All Ethiopians Together” or any variant thereof, any domain name containing “ESFNA” or any variant thereof to hold, promote, or sponsor any soccer tournament to be held in July of 2012 during the pendency of this Order.
Additionally, ESFNAONE was ordered to notify all persons and business with which it has dealt in connection with its announced soccer tournament to be held July 1-7, 2012, that it has no connection with ESFNA. Further, ESFNAONE was ordered to publicly announce that it has no connection with ESFNA and that it has not previously sponsored any soccer tournament. Finally, the parties were ordered to appear in court on April 27, 2012 for a hearing on a Preliminary Injunction.
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 Relation
To ESFNA Sponsors:
On behalf of the Ethiopian Sport Federation in North America (ESFNA) I would like to thank you for so kindly sponsoring our annual summer tournament for the past several years. Your support has significantly contributed to the growth of ESFNA to a point where it has become the most favorite annual destination of tens of thousands of Ethiopians in North America and indeed from around the world.
This year in Dallas, our goal is to attract over 100,000 attendees between July 1st and July 7th to enjoy the week-long event. ESFNA takes aim at creating a positive immigrants experience by using an annual amateur soccer and cultural events as a vehicle. ESFNA also believes education is a cornerstone of any society; hence we provide opportunity for the youth through our educational programs: scholarship funding, mentorship and internships. Our community outreach program includes donations for natural disasters, and famine relief. Since we are a low and moderate income community, we rely on your continued support to make this event possible.
I look forward to speaking with you more about this year’s event in the upcoming months.