American Hellenic Institute Founder Receives First-Ever AHEPA Accolade

Eugene Rossides

American Hellenic Institute (AHI) Founder Eugene T. Rossides became the first recipient of the AHEPA-Stamos Family Lifetime Achievement Award at the organization’s National Athletic Awards Luncheon held at the 92nd Annual AHEPA Supreme Convention, New Orleans, La., July 24, 2014.

The award is established for presentation only to inductees of the AHEPA Athletic Hall of Fame for their achievements and contributions to society during their post-athletic career.

Inducted into the AHEPA Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989, Rossides was an All-American Quarterback at Columbia University in the 1940s. He forwent a career path into the National Football League and chose instead a career in law. Rossides went on to become an assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Treasury in the Nixon Administration before founding AHI in 1974.

“I am deeply humbled and grateful to receive this inaugural honor,” Rossides said. “I commend AHEPA for recognizing that athletes can achieve success and contribute to society beyond the gridiron or hardwood.”

In 2000, AHEPA honored Rossides with the AHEPA-Archbishop Iakovos Award.

Rossides Book Presentation Hosted
Also at the AHEPA Supreme Convention, the AHEPA Hellenic Cultural Commission hosted AHI Founder Eugene Rossides for a presentation on his newly-released book “Kissinger & Cyprus: A Study in Lawlessness,” July 24.

Rossides made his presentation before the convention body and took questions from the delegates about U.S. policy in the eastern Mediterranean and developments in the region and the Middle East.

“We thank AHEPA and its Hellenic Cultural Commission for providing a timely forum for Mr. Rossides to speak about his new book and how it relates to the current situation in Cyprus today,” said AHI President Nick Larigakis, who also attended.

The American Hellenic Institute is a non-profit Greek American think tank and public policy center that works to strengthen relations between the United States and Greece and Cyprus, and within the Greek American community.


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