Super Bowl Champ Maragos to Throw First Pitch at Phillies’ 5th Greek Heritage Night

Philadelphia Eagles' Jordan Hicks, from left, Carson Wentz and Chris Maragos have fun with a photographer's camera before the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

WASHINGTON, DC – The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) announced that Philadelphia Eagles Defensive Back Chris Maragos, Greek-American, and member of the Super Bowl LII Championship team, will throw out the first pitch at the Fifth Annual Greek Heritage Night held in cooperation with Major League Baseball’s Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday, June 13 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA.

Maragos is a nine-year NFL veteran and has played for the Philadelphia Eagles as a defense back and special teams specialist since 2014. He is a two-time Super Bowl Champion, having also been a member of the 2013 Seattle Seahawks team that won Super Bowl XLVIII. Maragos is a native of Racine, Wisconsin and played college football at the University of Wisconsin.

AHI also announced that world renowned crossover classical singer Anastasia Zannis will perform the National Anthem. Zannis has performed on the international stage at the world’s premiere venues, including: Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens, Teatro Argentina in Rome, and Keyaki Hall in Tokyo. She has had the honor to perform the Olympic Anthem, and the National Anthems of the United States and Greece, for special events, including the 2012 Olympic Games in London. A career highlight for Zannis was when she was selected to perform for former President Bill Clinton in New York City.

Soprano Anastasia Zannis wowed the early morning visitors at the Heriodion with the songs beloved by Greeks and international audiences of Manos Hajidakis and Mikis Theodorakis

“It promises to be a special evening at the ballpark,” AHI President Nick Larigakis said. “We invite the community of the tri-state Philadelphia area to attend and spend it with us.”

The Philadelphia Phillies will take on the Colorado Rockies. Game time is 7:05 PM.

The Phillies have created a unique landing page for the AHI Phillies Greek Heritage Celebration. More information is available online at:https://www.mlb.com/phillies/tickets/specials/greek-heritage to purchase tickets.

Great seats are still available.

The American Hellenic Institute is a non-profit Greek American public policy center and think tank that works to strengthen relations between the United States and Greece and Cyprus, and within the Greek-American community.