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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

 

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