Eritrean Sports Federation in North America (ERSFNA)
The Eritrean Sports Federation in North America (ERSFNA), established in 1986, is an independent, free of political and religious affiliation, Virginia based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. ERSFNA’s mission is to promote and facilitate the development of amateur sports and cultural events within the Eritrean and Eritrean-American communities in North America through participation in athletic competition. The organization's vision is to provide an environment that nurtures Eritrean rich culture and heritage, based on the love of sports and friendly athletic competitions.
In 1986 ERSFNA held its first soccer tournament with five (5) teams in Atlanta, GA. Despite its small size, the tournament was very competitive and set precedent for future tournaments. Since its inception, in addition to flourishing adults’ soccer and basketball programs, ERSFNA has successfully created youth soccer programs in the pilot cities of Atlanta, Dallas, Minneapolis/St Paul, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle and the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area. One of the many future goals for the organization is to expand this successful program to more cities in North America.
It is the vision of the Eritrean Sports Federation in North America to provide an environment that nurtures Eritrean culture based on the love of sports and friendly athletic competitions. Furthermore, ERSFNA will work to encourage participation of Eritrean youth in the development of sports based talent to reach the highest levels.
The mission of the ERSFNA is to develop well-balanced, successful individuals through instruction of the technical, tactical, physical and psychological aspects of sports. These individuals will desire and become capable of making a real contribution throughout their lives, regardless of gender or physical abilities. It is ERSFNA’s hope that a large proportion of these individuals, with the proper guidance, will pursue their respective sport to the highest levels. ERSFNA is committed to providing participants with the opportunity to develop athletically and personally in a positive, supportive, and safe environment. ERSFNA is also committed to maintain a warm and caring relationship with the Eritrean/Eritrean-American communities in North America, regardless of their political or religious affiliation. ERSFNA is dedicated to maintain strategic relationships with Eritrean National Football Federation, United States Soccer Federation and other sports clubs and organizations for mutual growth and benefits.
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