To the Editor:
I noted with great interest your coverage of the Yale Men’s Basketball team’s trip to Greece (TNH September 2) to play three Greek professional teams and tour the country. Apparently, the team felt that Greece and its people were wonderfully welcoming and hospitable, exhibiting ‘philoxenia’ and compelling all to want to return. Truly gratifying that 20-year-old athletes were exposed to and motivated by a different culture and history, beyond the playing of games!
It is also noteworthy that the individuals the article highlights have been honored by the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA): Yale star guard John Pelakoudas received the Chirgotis Most Outstanding Collegiate Athlete Award this year at AHEPA’s Annual Convention in Las Vegas, and Greek philanthropist Steve Leondis, a Yale graduate as a star basketball player, is an inductee of the AHEPA Hellenic Athletic Hall of Fame. Ironically, Leondis’ induction into this hallowed ethnic Hall of Fame also took place in Las Vegas, in 2013, and who can forget Coach James Jones of Yale introducing Steve prior to his induction from the dais, looking at the audience of 600 members of the AHEPA family, and proclaiming: “Wow, lots of Greeks in here! Boy, am I outnumbered,” to great applause!