West Deptford, NJ – The Philadelphia Greek Basketball League hosted its 1st annual Hall of Fame banquet at the Riverwinds restaurant this past week. Various members of the community were recognized for their association with the PGBL as well as for their athletic endeavors as Greek-Americans.
George Armentani, a student from Drexel University and a player in the PGBL received the 1st ever scholarship created and presented by the PGBL committee. While Eleni Zarbalas-Panteridis a former member of the Greek-American community of Philadelphia, received a special award and was recognition for participating on team Greece at the Roller Derby World Cup in Dallas Texas this past December.
The evening was highlighted by three new inductees into the class of 2015 Hall of Fame. George Pagiotas of the PGBL team Sixers, Vasilios Keisoglou and Eleftherios Kostans of Cosmos Philly were added to the list that has now grown to 10. Keisoglou and Kostans feature the league’s weekly games at Cosmos Philly, Philadelphia’s Greek-American media network.
The PGBL is now 8 years old and continues to grow. A philanthropic organization started as a place for Greek-Americans to participate in community athletics, the league stretches from Atlantic City, NJ to Reading PA, uniting the Greek community.
Each year, the league members participate in several homeless feedings, and contribute to the Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia. This year, they expanded again, now joining the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Philadelphia and the Greater Delaware Valley and they will march as an organization at the Philadelphia Greek Independence Day parade along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.