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AUG 2016


Going for Gold

Dear Readers:

That was another fast four years! This month the Summer Olympics head to Rio de Janeiro and in spite of the well-publicized challenges reported, the athletes are ready to compete for the gold and bringing pride to their countries.

Last month, we featured Greek American Alexi Pappas’ journey to compete for Greece in Rio in track and field. This month, we spotlight several of the other Greek Americans as well as Greece’s athletes participating in the Games.

From Sofia Bekatorou making history to Nicholas Scarvelis pearls of wisdom, from a special 5 Greeks feature including Greeks Who Tweet, this month we salute our athletes and are reminded of the origin of the Olympics in Greece and its international journey through the flags on the HJ cover. The Olympic stories begin on page 4. For more Olympic news, please visit

Finally, I invite you to join our 2016-17 family of supporters which will be featured on the September 2016 cover. To join our HJ family, please see the adjacent page with all of the information.





UCLA grad Nicholas Scarvelis competes for Greece in the shot put at the Olympics

By Frosene Phillips

This past May, Santa Barbara native and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) senior Nicholas Scarvelis shared with the Los Angeles Times that he had received a Facebook message written in Greek over two years ago.

“Good morning, do you read Greek,” the message said. “Scarvelis responded: “Very little.” It clearly didn’t prove to be an obstacle as that initial exchange led to several messages between Skarvelis and a Greek track and field coach. Then he received a tempting invitation, “Would you like to fight with the Greek National Team?” he told the Times.

What followed next would certainly make his yiayia and papou proud. Scarvelis became a Greek citizen and then went to Greece to compete in the shot put at the European Cup. He hasn’t looked back since. 

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Frosene Phillips

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