News Release: Matina Kolokotronis Annouced as 2019 Paradigm Award Honoree

News Release on Behalf of The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation

The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation is Proud to Announce 2019 Paradigm Award Honoree Matina Kolokotronis

April 12, 2019, Chicago, IL – The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation is proud to announce Matina Kolokotronis as the 2019 Paradigm Award Honoree.

Matina Kolokotronis, Chief
Operating Officer of the Sacramento
Kings (Photo Courtesy of Matina
Kolokotronis and The Sacramento

The Paradigm Award is given annually to a distinguished Greek American whose career achievements and personal accomplishments reflect the Foundation’s mission and vision of building a better America through education and Hellenism. Honored not only for the professional success they have achieved; Paradigm award honorees are recognized for upholding the values and ideals of their Hellenic heritage—serving as inspirational figures for our scholarship recipients.

“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized with the Paradigm Award by the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation,” said Sacramento Kings Chief Operation Officer Matina Kolokotronis. “I am thankful for the opportunity to work for a franchise I love, in a position that challenges me, with the unwavering love and support of a family who I’ve been so lucky to raise with strong Greek traditions.” 

Entering her 22nd season with the NBA, Matina Kolokotronis is a trailblazer who serves as Chief Operating Officer of the Sacramento Kings. Bringing decades of experience in sports and government law, community affairs and contract negotiations, Kolokotronis’ leadership has been integral to the development of the award winning Golden 1 Center. Recognized as the greenest and most technologically-advanced arena in the world, it is the first professional sports venue to achieve LEED Platinum certification. 

Ms. Kolokotronis with GM Vlade Divac & VP of Basketball & Team Development Peja Stojaković (Photo Courtesy of Matina Kolokotronis and The Sacramento Kings).

Ms. Kolokotronis is the only female in the NBA to hold the titles of both COO and President of Business Operations. Before being named President of Business Operations, she was an Adjunct Professor of Law at McGeorge Law School, University of the Pacific where she taught Sports Law. Prior to that she served as director of the Sacramento Kings Foundation for six years, overseeing strategic development and fundraising activities. 

Her leadership extends beyond the Kings organization and into the community where she is a dedicated mentor and advocate for numerous women’s advancement groups and non-profits. She is very active in the Greek Orthodox church, and in 2015, Governor Brown appointed Kolokotronis to the California Citizens Compensation Commission. Ms. Kolokotronis is an accomplished executive, mother, wife, and Greek American.

“The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation is honored to present this year’s Paradigm Award to Matina Kolokotronis, who exemplifies all of the qualities that comprise this great honor. We look forward to welcoming her to Chicago this June, to celebrate her achievements, as well as the achievements of our incredible 2019 scholarship recipients.”-Robert A. Buhler, Chairman

Join us as we proudly welcome 2019 Paradigm Award honoree Matina Kolokotronis!

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