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Why this initiative?

From Gregory C. Pappas, President & Founder

Inspired by the ancient Greek ideals of excellence and philanthropy, we launched this initiative to give athletes the chance to compete for a cause greater than themselves.

Team Greek America gives athletes from around the country and the world the chance to express their love for Greek culture and ideals while raising funds that benefit our philanthropic and charitable endeavors.

This program is yet another example of how the Greek America Foundation encourages supporters to offer their time, talents and passion in a philanthropic way.   

Abut Team Greek America

Team Greek America is a virtual team of runners, triathletes, cyclists and other athletes who want to compete for a cause. The ancient Greeks imported their wisdom on us that “Νους υγιής εν σώματι υγιεί,” meaning in English, “A sound mind also needs a sound body” in order for an individual to be complete.

Athletes who join Team Greek America are competing for a bigger cause than themselves and can choose to support any one of the Greek America Foundation’s various philanthropic and charitable endeavors, including our Greek America Corps volunteer program, Souda Animal Shelter fundraiser, Scholarship Endowment Fund or Annual Fund.

In previous years, dozens of generous athletes offered their time and talents to race as members of Team Greek America. They proudly represented the team during events such as the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, one of the biggest marathons in the world which draws in tens of thousands of runners every year.

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Jeff Vargas represents Team Greek America during the 2013 Chicago Marathon.
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Magdalini Rizakos, Eva Halkias and Panagiota Tania Karas represent before the 2012 Chicago Marathon.
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George Georgiou racing his way to the finish line!

What we do

We provide you with a personalized fundraising page that you can share with your family and friends. We also offer publicity on our various social media platforms to let people know about your efforts.

We will provide you with an athletic shirt that shows your involvement with Team Greek America. You can wear this during training, or even during your race, and share your pride!

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Previous members of Team Greek America received specially designed singlets to wear during their races.
The branding for our team is inspired by an ancient Greek vase featuring runners (pictured below).

Current team members

Marielena Balouris, Norfolk, Virginia. Read her story.

An added bonus

In a single calendar year (January 1 through December 31), the athlete that raises the most funds as part of Team Greek America will win a trip to Greece to run in the Athens Marathon, or a race of your choice. Flight and hotel expenses will be covered by the Greek America Foundation, sponsored by our generous travel and hospitality partners.

How to join?

Are you registered for a race, marathon or any kind of individual competition anywhere in the world? Join Team Greek America today by completing our our sign-up form.