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ATHLETICS

A rising professional tennis player, a
Wrestling Hall of Famer, a standout collegiate football player, and nine scholar-athletes are among the 2020 athletic
honorees of AHEPA announced by
Supreme President George G. Horiates
and Gregory J. Stamos, head of the
National Athletic Awards Selection
Committee.
The National Athletic Awards are
presented annually at the AHEPA
Family Supreme Convention. However,
due to the cancelation of the 2020
Supreme Convention, AHEPA will
arrange for their presentation at a future
2021 date and venue.
" 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, " Horiates said. " We congratulate
and applaud our honorees also for their
commitment 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. "

Rising Tennis Pro, College
Football Standout Receive
National Honors
Stefanos Tsitsipas, professional tennis player, is selected to be awarded
the 2020 AHEPA-Harry Agganis Most
Outstanding Hellenic Athlete Award.
Tsitsipas, who turns 22 in August, is the

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youngest player ranked in the top 10 by
the Association of Tennis Professionals.
He holds a career-high ranking of No.
5 in the world, making him the highest-ranked Greek player in history.
George Karlaftis, collegiate football
player, Purdue University, is selected to
receive the AHEPA William Chirgotis
Collegiate Scholar-Athlete Award. As a
freshman playing defensive end, Karlaftis
was named First-team Associated Press
Freshman All-American and Secondteam All-Big Ten. In high school, Karlaftis
was selected as the Defensive Player of
the Year by USA Today and was selected
to the All-American Bowl.

Four Announced for the Hellenic
Athletic Hall of Fame
The 2020 Class of the AHEPA Hellenic
Athletic Hall of Fame will include:
George John, Shoreline, Wash., professional soccer player;
Eleni Rossides, Kensington, Md.,
tennis player and executive;
Stamos ( " Tom " ) Mazerakis, New
York, N.Y., Greek National Baseball; and

Christopher Soukas (posthumously), Ioanninon, Greece, wrestling.
George John. A first-round draft
pick of Major League Soccer's FC Dallas,
John, a defender, played five seasons
for the team, helping it win the 2010
Western Conference Championship
and set a franchise-best goals against
average of 0.93. John played collegiate
soccer at the University of Washington
where he was selected First Team AllPAC Ten and was an NCAA Scholar AllAmerican. In 2008, John was named the
PAC-10 Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the
Year. In 2010, AHEPA presented John
with the AHEPA-Harry Agganis Award.
Stamos ( " Tom " ) Mazerakis. In
2004, Mazerakis formed the Hellenic
Amateur Baseball Federation and was
instrumental in Greece's fielding a team
for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. He
has coached the Greek National team
in numerous European Championship
tournaments, including the 2011
Baseball World Cup; and in 2012, he
organized the European World Cup
Baseball Qualifier held in Athens.
Eleni Rossides. At Stanford
University, Rossides was the number
one player on a team that won four
straight championships during her time
there. As a professional singles player,
Rossides ranked among the world's
top 200 women. She played a vital
role in bringing tennis to Washington,
D.C. as the Executive Director of the
Washington Tennis and Education
Foundation. Rossides is a member of
the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame.
She follows in the footsteps of her father,
the late Eugene Rossides, as a member
of the AHEPA Hellenic Athletic Hall of
Fame (Class of 1989).

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