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The Hellenic Initiative (THI)

Founded in 2012, The Hellenic Initiative – THI, is a global non-profit organization that brings together Diaspora Greeks and Philhellenes to invest in Greece through programs focused on economic development and crisis relief. Since its founding, THI has invested more than $22 million in Greece and has grown to be the largest Greek Diaspora organization in the world.

THI’s multifaceted approach to supporting Greece includes funding innovative startups and small enterprises, creating jobs, as well as providing direct aid to those affected by economic hardships and natural disasters. Through these actions, THI not only aims to address immediate needs but also to lay the groundwork for long-term prosperity and resilience in Greece. By leveraging the network, expertise and resources of the Greek Diaspora community, THI has become a pivotal force in Greece’s journey towards recovery and growth, inspiring hope and solidarity within and beyond the Hellenic world.

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Implementation Partner:

Eurohoops Organization

WE CREATE BASKETBALL

Eurohoops stands as the foremost organization in Europe, working on spreading the love for sport and fostering sportsmanship. Through a range of online and offline initiatives, Eurohoops works on teaching basketball’s fundamentals to children, shaping the next generation while utilizing modern and secure sports venues. Eurohoops is active in designing and executing many social awareness programs and high-profile basketball and family events.

Backed by eurohoops.net, the largest basketball news website in Europe, operating in 5 languages: English, Greek, Spanish, Russian, and Turkish, educates fair play placing basketball itself in the spotlight.

Eurohoops Organization involves: the Eurohoops Academy with director the EuroLeague legend Theodore Papaloukas,  the management of Eurohoops Dome, a high-end 3 courts’ basketball arena, safe and equipped with latest technology standards, a premium basketball center for basketball lovers offering premium facilities and the afterschool management of the basketball courts of the historic Leonteios School of Athens at Ano Patisia.

For more information https://organization.eurohoops.net/en/

Welcome message from Academy Executive Committee

Dear THI Friends,

It is with great enthusiasm and pride that we extend a warm welcome to all of you, visitors of the THI Summer Youth Academy website.

On behalf of the board of The Hellenic Initiative, our friends and supporters from across the Diaspora,  and our THI Summer Youth Academy host committee, we are excited to announce the inaugural THI Summer Youth Academy for underprivileged youth, taking place this July in Athens, Greece. This program represents a significant milestone in our commitment to empowering youth through the transformative power of sports.

We are honored to have Ted Leonsis, a renowned United States professional sports owner, serving as this year’s Academy Honorary Chairperson. His dedication to youth development and passion for sports enrich our program with invaluable knowledge and expertise.

In collaboration with Eurohoops, Greece’s premier basketball organization, we embark on this journey to create a supportive environment where every participant can thrive both on and off the court.

We invite you to consider supporting our efforts through sponsorships and, moreover, encourage you to visit the camp and experience firsthand how our mentorship programs and basketball skills training can teach invaluable life lessons.

Together, Oli Mazi, we can make a meaningful difference in the lives of Greek youth who confront adversity in challenging social environments.

Warm regards,

THI Summer Youth Academy Executive Committee

George P.
Stamas

Ted
Leonsis

Andrew N.
Liveris

Sir Stelios
Haji‐Ioannou

The Hellenic Initiative

Nikos
Koumettis

Nikos
Stathopoulos

Achilles
Constantakopoulos

Dean
Dakolias

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