Citius, Altius, Fortius

Meist /About Us

Whether you’re a competitor or a spectator, Eesti Spordiliit is committed to creating the sporting experiences and events that bring Estonians together to celebrate their friendships and culture. Through your support, Eesti Spordiliit has served Estonian athletes and the North American Estonian community for over 50 years.

Eesti Spordiliit USA (ESL) was launched in 1954 following a September 18th East Coast Masters volley ball tournament at Pine Terrace New York.

The original seven founders/competitors who declared and inaugurated the organizations future activities included: Meinhard Kaju, Raimond Pals, Elam Piktjaan, Ernst Roost, Heinrich Savo, Ferdinand Tammann and Kalle Vellenurme. 

ESL first annual meeting took place on Jan 9th, 1955 at the NY Estonian House where the ESL charter and by-laws were sanctioned. The primary goal of ESL was to develop and foster sporting activities and events amongst Estonian organizations throughout the USA.

The ESL emblem (logo) was developed by the artist Peet Aren and depicts Estonian folklore hero “Kalvipoeg” launching a large stone. An ESL flag bearing the emblem was also created in 1977 and is proudly displayed at ESL events.

Over the years, ESL has been devoted to creating and sustaining sports related events for young Estonians. Every summer ESL coordinates athletic events at Lakewood and Long Island that offer kids, teenagers and adults the opportunity to compete and bond with fellow Estonians. Competitive events include: track & field, swimming, bowling, tennis, volleyball and golf.

ESL has also been instrumental in helping to fund, build and sustain the sports venues that are used at these events e.g. swimming pool, volleyball, basketball, tennis courts along with track and field sites.

Another popular ESL event is the annual “Sports Ball” where every fall people of all ages gather to support and celebrate the traditions that the founding sports leaders created more than 50 years ago.

Upcoming Events

Eesti Spordiliit USA
Vana aasta ärasaatmise pidu/ New Years Eve Party

Eesti Spordiliit USA will once again be organizing a New Year’s Eve event at the Chateau Resort located in the Pocono Mountains in PA.
Come for the party or spend a few days and enjoy winter activities at nearby Camelback Mountain which also features an indoor water park.
New Year’s Eve Party Details:
- Doors open at 7pm
- Appetizers and open bar starts at 7:30pm
- Buffet dinner at 9pm
- 4hrs open bar followed by cash bar
- Music and dancing all night via unique interactive digital jukebox featuring over 30,000 of the greatest hits of all time
- Lottery

Cost per adult - $120*
Kids - $60* (12-20yrs) $30* (4-11yrs)
Ticket Options
*If paid by 12/21 - after 12/21, add $5 to rates


Lodgings
While group rates are available at the Chateau Resort, there’s a 2 night minimum. When booking a room, let them know you’re with the Estonian American Amateur Athletes group. For one night stays nearby, simply visit your favorite online travel site – e.g. Hotwire, Hotels.com etc
Chateau Resort & Conference Center
200 Camelback Road
Tannersville, Pa 18372
570-629-5900
www.chateauresort.com

 

Please Send Your Payment ASAP
Tarmo Pallop
6641 Wiend Ct | New Tripoli, PA | 18066
Make checks payable to T Pallop and include all attendee names
***checks due 12/21***
Info: Tarmo Pallop: cell: 610 730 8762 or drunkesto@aol.com
or
Andrus Ers: cell: 201 245 3556 or aers@optonline.net

Suusapäevad/ ESTO SKI 2016

GREETINGS ESTO SKIERS AND RIDERS!
Wishing you all the best as we move into the holiday and ski season! This year we have selected Killington (“The Beast”), Vermont as our Esto Ski Trip location. This also gives us the opportunity to visit sister mountain Pico where Esto Ski spent many years. Killington Resort's six peaks and 4,241' elevation offers 3,000' of vertical drop, exceptional views and ample opportunities for outdoor adventure with the longest on-snow season in the East.
Dates: Thursday, March 3 – Sunday, March 6, 2016
ESTO SKI ITINERARY: More detailed information about each event will be sent in upcoming communication. Thursday – Arrivals. A welcome party location will be selected Friday afternoon – Cross Country Race Friday Après Ski – informal gathering social gathering Saturday morning – Downhill race Saturday afternoon – Group photo Saturday 6PM-10pm – Awards dinner and dance party
***This year all lodging bookings, lift ticket orders, racing fees and Saturday party dues will be booked via the attached Esto Ski Order form***

KILLINGTON LODGING We have reserved a block of rooms with negotiated group rates outlined in this letter. Killington has two rate structures there is a Sunday-Thursday “value” rate and a Friday – Saturday “regular” rate. Currently our group has a hold on the following types of rooms: 3/3/16 - 3/6/16

KILLINGTON GRAND RESORT HOTEL
Killington’s only full-service mountainside hotel features a wide range of amenities including free wireless Internet, Ovations Restaurant & Rendezvous Lounge, lobby with mountain views and a relaxing wood burning fireplace, convenience store, equipment check, valet parking and game room. The world class health club features mountain views and includes weight and cardiovascular equipment, sauna, steam room and a 75-foot outdoor heated pool with two hot tubs featuring views of Killington. The Killington Grand Spa offers a complete menu of skin, body & nail services. Please note: Breakfast is NOT included.

HIGHRIDGE CONDOMINIUMS
Deluxe accommodations featuring stone fireplaces and spacious interiors with great views. A free shuttle takes you to the slopes, only one mile away, letting you spend more time skiing and less time getting there. Add in the Highridge Sports Center, with a large indoor pool, 20-person outdoor hot tub, exercise room, game room and sauna, and you’ll see why Highridge is one of Killington’s premier properties.

More Information & Registration Form: ESTO SKI 2016

LI Lastesuvekodu
Võrkpalli laager Long Islandil
Lakewood Skautlaager
Võrkpallilaager Kanadas
 

Past Events

2015 Sugarbush Esto Ski Trip

Well over one hundred skiers, snowboarders and snow bunnies trekked to Sugarbush VT for the 53nd annual Esto winter fest.
Participants traveled from points as far away as Washington D.C and Toronto. With the record snowfall this year, conditions on the mountain were superb and the après ski activities vibrant as always! The group was a bit larger this year with several past participants returning along with some newcomers to help celebrate our annual  Esto East Coast ski trip tradition.
Our customary Saturday morning ESTO downhill race attracted 70 skiers, boarders and cross country competitors ranging from age 8 to 78. The competition was fierce and our ESTO medal winners are listed below. Our best category trophy winners for 2015 include:
Best Male Snowboarder – Erik Must  - 38:71
Best Female Snowboarder – Ingrid Nagy – 47:03
Best Young Male – Alex Jogi – 30.88
Best Young Female – Martha Mannik – 35:04
Best Overall Youth – Wade Ashford – 31:27
Best Male Skier – Erko Sepp – 28:76
Best Female Skier – Teija Jogi – 33:99
Best Cross Country Skier - Kristiana Parn – 13:08

This year’s ESTO Race also marked the naming of Riho Melts as the Honorary Coach of “ESTO RACING”. He has been an inspirational presence over the years with his extraordinary racing accomplishments as well as an advisor and consultant to both the trip participants and organizers. 
Congratulations Riho!
As usual, our evening awards dinner and dance had participants cutting up the floor right up to our midnight curfew.
While the 2016 trip will likely move to a new venue, rumor has it  that it’s going to be southern Vermont next time around.
Have a great spring and summer!
Andrus Ers

 

50 aastat – Ida Ranniku Eesti suusavõistlusi

Nagu hiljuti oli mainitud Vaba Eesti Sõnas, kogunes ligi 200 eestlast ajavahemikul 9-10 märtsini 2012, et üheskoos tähistada 50 aasta möödumist Eesti Idaranniku Suusapäevade algusest.

Mõned tuntumad võistlejad ja organiseerijad on huvi tundnud Suusapäevade täpse algusaja kohta. Vaba Eesti Sona arhiivist võib leida infot, et esimesed  suusa* auhinnad anti valja Killington suusamael 1962 ja trofee voitjateks olid:

Mehed :          1) Riho Melts               2)  Arno Tamm           3) Rein Grabbi
Naised:           1) Gitta Soot                2) Aime Martinson      3) Maret Elkens

* Kahjuks ei olnud 1962 aastal veel “Snowboarder” kategooriat!

Alates aastast 1962 kuni tänaseni on mitmeid erinevaid gruppe neid lõbusaid suusanädalõppe organiseerinud. Nende hulka kuuluvad New Yorgi Eesti Üliopilaskond, Esto Suusa Klubi ja ka Eesti Spordiliit USA’s. Korraldajate gruppi on läbi erinevate aastate kuulunud: Virko Keder, Villu Salmre, Harry Must, Rein Luning, Ants Tomson, Lembit Pustrom, Riho Melts, Viktor Serspinski, Kristin Raamot, ja viimased 5 aastat Aini Maripuu ning Andrus Ers.

Suure juubeli tähistamisele on palju aega pühendanud ning väga suure panuse andnud Ly ja Toomas Kilm, kes on kokku kogunud Suusapäevadel osalejate fotod alates aastast 1962 Killingtoni mäel kuni sel aastal toimunud Suusapäevadega. Nad on haruldasele DVD-le kokku koondanud üle 800 foto, mida saadab kaunis muusika ja imetoredad mälestused ning mille pikkuseks on 70 minutit.

“Esto Racing DVD” maksab $25 ja kõik rahad lähevad Eesti Spordiliit USA’s toetuseks.  Seda  DVD’d saab tellida Spordiliidu käest.

Palun kirjutage tsekk “EAAA - Estonian American Amateur Athletes” ja saatke :

Reino Truumees
137 Lookout Drive
Mountain Lakes, NJ  07046

Lõpetuseks: järgmine 50 aastat suusatamist algab 7-10 märtsil 2013 Jay Peak, Vermontis – palun pange see kuupäev  juba varakult kalendritesse!

Näeme Suusamäel!
Andrus Ers