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ATHLETICS

AHEPA Honors Excellence in Athletics
AHEPA presented awards to outstanding current and former athletes, scholar-athletes, and industry professionals
at its Athletic Luncheon held at the 97th
Supreme Convention, July 3, in Chicago.
"We are proud to recognize Hellenes
who excel in their respective sports or
sports industry, display excellence in
the classroom, and exemplify volunteerism within their respective communities," then-Supreme President
George Loucas said. "We congratulate
our honorees. They are committed to
perpetuating and promoting these ideals, which are all part of our mission."
He added, "I commend AHEPA's
National Athletic Department, led by
Supreme Athletic Director Chris Atsaves
and Gregory J. Stamos, who chairs the
Athletic Awards Selection Committee,
for their dedication to honoring our
exceptional athletes and those in the
sports industry."

Five Inducted into the Hellenic
Athletic Hall of Fame
The 2019 Class of the AHEPA Hellenic
Athletic Hall of Fame includes:
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Lt. Colonel Thomas Bellairs,
Denver, Colorado, College
Basketball;
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Valorie Kondos Field, Sacramento,
California, College Women's
Gymnastics Coach;
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Peter Laskaris, Swampscott,
Massachusetts, College Basketball;
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Adam Rand, Niantic, Connecticut,
College Lacrosse; and
*
George Veras, Columbus, Ohio,
Emmy-award Winning Television
Producer.
The AHEPA Hellenic Athletic Hall
of Fame was established in 1974 by

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the late Supreme Athletic Director, Dr.
Monte Kofos and now includes more
than 150 inductees.

MLB MVP Candidate, Collegiate
Basketball Standout to Receive
National Honors
Los Angeles Dodgers All-Star Outfielder
and 2019 MVP candidate Cody Bellinger
was awarded the prestigious AHEPAHarry Agganis Most Outstanding Athlete
Award. Bellinger was the 2017 National
League Rookie of the Year and 2018
National League Championship MVP.
James Sotos, a collegiate basketball player at Bucknell University,
r e c e i ve d t h e A H E PA -W i l l i a m
Chirgotis Collegiate Scholar-Athlete
Award. Last season, as a sophomore,
Sotos was Bucknell's starting point
guard and led the Patriot League
Conference in assists. In his freshman
year, he was the sixth man for the
Bucknell team that made the NCAA
Tournament.
George Fefles, college basketball
star, received the Special Recognition
Award. In 2009, Fefles was inducted
into the Chicago Public Basketball
Coaches Association Hall of Fame after
coaching for 19 years at Livonia Bentley
High School and serving as District-wide
Athletic Director. For his captaining of
the University of Detroit basketball team
for two seasons, Fefles was inducted into
the university's Hall of Fame in 1988.

2019 Scholar-Athlete Honorees
Harrison Dulgarian, Manhattan Beach,
California, received the Supreme
President Dr. Kimon Doukas Collegiate
Scholar-Athlete Award. The award is
presented to the Most Outstanding

Collegiate Scholar-Athlete for excellence
in academics and athletics. Harrison is
captain of the University of Alabama
Club Rugby team. He was selected to
the All-Conference SCRC First Team and
voted second in the nation (Division I) as
the best scrum.
Samantha Galanopoulos, Skokie,
Illinois, was the recipient of the
Excellence in Athletics Award. The
AHEPA Booster Club established
the award to honor an Outstanding
Greek American High School Athlete.
Samantha was selected twice to the AllState Basketball Team in Illinois. She
served as team captain for three seasons
and was a three-sport varsity athlete for
all four years in high school. Samantha
graduated cum laude as the second leading scorer in her high school's history.
Samantha will play basketball at Loyola
University of Chicago.
Nathaniel Martine, Zionsville,
Indiana, was honored with the Past
Supreme President Franklin R. Manios
Scholar-Athlete and Service Award.
The award recognizes outstanding
achievement in academics, athletics,
extra-curricular and community service. Nathaniel was an All-Conference
volleyball player and was selected to
the Indiana Academic All-State Team.
Nathaniel is also a recipient of the
Dick's Community Service Award. He
will attend Indiana University in the fall.
Harry Koutroumanis and Elana
Zingas were co-winners of the John
Peter Vlahos Scholar-Athlete Award.
The is presented to Outstanding High
School Scholar-Athletes. Harry is
a four-year letterman of a nationally-ranked high school soccer team and
a member of Greek dance troupe that

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