The Edmonds Sports Academy, a local non-profit basketball academy, is pleased to announce its Month of May “Dine Out for ESA” fundraiser. The goal is to raise money for scholarships and facility usage, as well as promote local restaurants, said ESA founder Michael Burdett.
Burdett founded ESA to bring communities together through what he calls “the Power of Play.” The academy has coached, trained, and mentored over 1,200 local youth while at the same time promoting local businesses to sports academy families.
“Being a lifetime Edmonds resident, I really felt there was a great opportunity to not only introduce a high-level sports academy into our area, but to also tie that into our business community,” Burdett said. “We have grown so fast, and youth now come from all over King and Snohomish County. We have families driving here from South Seattle, Bellevue and even Stanwood. My goal is to direct those families to locally owned businesses.”
ESA also hosts an annual holiday basketball tournament that last year brought over 700 families into Edmonds.
Here’s how the fundraiser works. Simply print out the flier linked here or save it to your phone. Prior to dining, show the flier to your waitstaff, and 20 percent of your food tab will be donated to ESA. Participating restaurants (different depending on the day of the week) are:
– Mondays: Rory’s
– Tuesdays: Las Brisas and Romeo’s
– Wednesdays: Portofino Pizza and Pasta
– Thursdays: Taki Tiki
– Saturdays: Azteca (Mountlake Terrace)
“My grandmother owned one of the first restaurants in Edmonds back in the ’40s,” Burdett said. “There is definitely a link between our family and the local restaurants. I am hopeful this fundraiser will be a win-win for all!”
Questions can be directed to Michael Burdett at [email protected].
You can also visit www.edmondssportsacademy.com to learn more about the academy and upcoming camps.