Uber is ESFNA title sponsor for this year
borkena, Ethiopian News
Thirty-fourth edition of Ethiopian Sports Federation in North America ( ESFNA ) soccer tournament and cultural festival will kick off on July 2, 2017 in Seattle which is home to an estimated 50,000 or more Ethiopians. There seem to be much excitement among Ethiopians in Seattle that they are hosting the event.
The thirty-third edition was hosted in Toronto in July 2016.
Getachew Tesfaye, president of ESFNA , announced the news sometime in April of this year. Seattle hosted ESFNA thirteen years ago.
Through the event, Ethiopians in the diaspora celebrate Ethiopia’s heritage. The week long event is fun-filled activity with Ethiopian food, music, dance, trade fairs for Ethiopian entrepreneurs and small business owners. The event is also an opportunity for Ethiopians to network. Renton Memorial Stadium (map available here )is expected to be packed for a week.
The yearly sports festival attracts tens of thousands of Ethiopians from across the United States,Canada and even from Australia. The organization usually makes hotel arrangements for travelers with discount rates. This year, for example, ESFNA made deals with the Red Lion Hotel and Conference Center and the Double Tree suites by Hilton. But thousands of travelers make their own arrangements with friends and others book on their own.
Uber is title sponsor for this edition of ESFNA.
Brooke Steger,General Manager for Uber in the Pacific Northwest, is quoted by ESFNA as saying, “Uber is proud to support the tournament and thrilled that members of the ESFNA Board selected Seattle as the host city.” Apparently, Uber has made special discount for the event ; traveler will be able to use codes to get their discounts.
ESFNA usually picks guest of honors, paying for travel and accommodation, as key note speakers in the event. Selection process is merit based in relation to outstanding service to Ethiopia either in sports or some other forms.
Closing ceremony is on July 8,2017.
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