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Soccer Star Receives 2010 AHEPA Harry Agganis Award
FC Dallas Defenseman George John received the 2010 AHEPA Harry Agganis Award on August 14, 2010, when his team visited Washington to face DC United for a soccer match. George, a member of the Sons of Pericles, was extremely touched by the honor and expressed his appreciation to the Ahepans in attendance. John also volunteered to assist AHEPA in its future endeavors. “We congratulate George for being selected the 2010 recipient of the AHEPA Harry Agganis Award,” said Supreme President Nicholas A. Karacostas, who was unable to attend, but was represented by Supreme Treasurer Col. Nick P. Vamvakias. “He has achieved so much in his young athletic career at the high school, collegiate, and now professional levels. We are proud to count him as a member of the AHEPA family, and we wish him the very best going forward in Major League Soccer.” John is in his second year with MLS’ FC Dallas. He was a first-round draft choice selected 14th overall. John, a defensive midfielder who hails from Shoreline, Wash., was a fouryear starter at the University of Washington where he was a two-time co-captain. His honors included: First-team All PAC 10 (twice) and First-team NCAA Scholar All-America (twice). In 2008, John captured the PAC 10’s Male Soccer Athlete of the Year Award. He graduated with a 3.47 cumulative GPA. In 2005, he received the AHEPA Greek American Male High School Athlete of the Year Award Also in attendance for the award presentation were District 3 Governor Steve Mavronis and District 8 Governor John Tanionis, both of who serve as members of
At Left: John (second from left) received his award from Ahepans Tanionos, Mavronis, and Supreme Treasurer Col. Vamvakias. Vafides (far right) represented DC Mayor Adrian Fenty. Inset: John in action on the pitch.
the AHEPA National Athletics Committee. In addition, Timothy Vafides from the DC government represented Mayor Adrian Fenty. During the game, the jumbo-tron announced the presentation of the AHEPA Harry Agganis Award and paid special tribute to the Order of AHEPA. The Harry Agganis Award is named after the legendary multi-sport athlete of Greek
heritage, who died prematurely at 26 from a pulmonary embolism. Agganis played professional baseball for the Boston Red Sox. Previous recipients include Professional Baseball Player Nick Markakis, Professional Football Placekicker Matt Stover, Olympic Diving Champion Greg Louganis, World Champion Decathlete Tom Pappas, and Professional Football Player Fred Smerlas, among many others.
Joliet Chapter Dominates National Bowling Tourney
The 50th Annual Louis G. Asimakopoulos AHEPA National Bowling Tournament was held May 15-16, in Chicago. Garfield Chapter No. 203 hosted the tournament. Todd Bank captured the singles championship, Stan Rousonalos and Chris Rigas the doubles championship, and Chris Regas the all-around championship. Joliet Chapter 131 won the team event. National Bowling Director George Karras, of Indiana and Chairmen Bill Choporis and Nick Jumes, are to be congratulated for organizing a great event,” said National Athletic Director Spiro Siaggas. A total of 14 teams from Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, and Colorado participated.
Results Doubles Place
1460 1387 750 745 2,311 2,239 3,598 3,387 3,335 3,311
1st 2nd All Events 1st 2nd Team Event 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Stan Rousonalos Joliet 131 Chris Rigas Tony Christos Joliet 131 John Hock Todd Bank North Shore 94 Chris Paradowski St. Louis 53 Chris Regas Joliet 131 John Hock Joliet 131 Joliet 131 Aegean (Detroit) 506 Garfield 1 Garfield 3
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The AHEPAN - Fall 2010
The AHEPAN - Fall 2010
Supreme President’s Message
Daughters of Penelope President’s Message
Sons and Maids Presidents’ Messages
AHEPA Family News
AHEPA Journey to Greece Program Successfully Completes Fifth Season
Montreal’s Charm Energizes the AHEPA Family
From The Heart: ThanksUSA
Ahepan Captures Historic Liturgy on Film
AHEPA Family Chapter News
The AHEPAN - Fall 2010