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ATHLETICS

Book Review: Hall of Famer Authors
That Little Son of a B**ch!
Gregory Stamos, PSC
Billy Gazonas, a member of the 2013
class of the AHEPA Hellenic Athletic Hall
of Fame, has authored, That Little Son of
a B**ch!, A Soccer Journey from Tears
and Humiliation to National Champions
and Hermann Trophy Winner.
The book is much more than a cataloging of his stellar achievements in
the soccer world. Rather, it is the compelling, riveting tale of an undersized
and overlooked young athlete who was
determined to play at the highest levels
of soccer. Gazonas realized his dreams
with remarkable perseverance, hard
work and determination.
Gazonas, a native of Trenton, N.J.
is proud of his Hellenic heritage and
is strong in his Orthodox faith. He ultimately achieved the highest pinnacle
of success in the soccer world. Gazonas
enjoyed a six-year professional soccer
career in the North American Soccer

League (NASL) after an extremely successful collegiate career at Hartwick
College in Oneonta, N.Y. At Hartwick,
Gazonas helped to lead the team to
an NCAA championship and earned
the Hermann Trophy as the nation's
most outstanding college soccer player
in 1978. In 1973, Gazonas helped his
high school team with the state championship.
That Little Son of a B**ch presents
a detailed account of Gazonas' soleminded determination to accomplish
his goals. It spins a tale of a player
electing to tryout at Hartwick College,
the then-premier soccer college program of the 1970s despite Hartwick's
coach encouraging him to play at lesser
collegiate soccer programs. Gazonas'
trajectory in Hartwick's soccer program goes from him barely making
the team as a freshman, to taking

New Athletics Scholarship in the Works
A new athletic scholarship opportunity is being planned through the collective efforts of
four members of the AHEPA Hellenic Athletic Hall of Fame who hail from Manchester,
New Hampshire, the AHEPA National Athletic Department announced.
The four Hall of Fame members are: Billy Pappas, Steve Schubert, Dr. James Vailas,
and Stan Spirou.
Pappas was a three-sport star at the University of New Hampshire. Schubert played
professional football with the New England Patriots and was a standout at Boston
College. Dr. Vailas is a renowned sports orthopedic surgeon who starred at linebacker
at Dartmouth College. Spirou enjoyed a successful career as a men's college basketball
coach.
"We are grateful to these Hall of Famers who are committed to giving back to the
community by providing future generations with the opportunity to achieve similar
success," Supreme President George Horiates said.

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advantage of the opportunities presented to him, to reaching the top of
his game as a senior.
Bill's dogged pursuit of his athletic
dreams exemplifies one's achieving
success in any aspect of life-sports,
business, or personal. His sharing his
life's journey of overcoming doubters
and skeptics certainly resonated with
this reviewer and made this read more
pertinent. His story is a timeless and
universal one. These lessons from Billy
can be applied beyond the athletic fields
to all endeavors of life.
Whether one is a soccer or a sports
fan, or one simply seeking to be motivated by Gazonas' formula of hard work
and determination, leading to the realization of one's dreams, That Little Son of
a B**ch is a marvelous read.

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