20 SEPTEMBER 2012 / The Stavros Niarchos Foundation honors the Greek National Football Team with grants to several nonprofits, totaling €1,250,000, for philanthropic causes in Greece

In June 2012, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Board of Directors, in recognition of the extraordinary collective efforts and fighting spirit demonstrated by the Greek National Football Team in the European Cup in Poland and the Ukraine, announced a €1,250,000 grant in its honor, in support of philanthropic causes in Greece.

In particular, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation committed to making a €50,000 grant in the name of each of the 25 members of the National Team, in support of philanthropic causes of their choice, all across the country. Today, the Foundation has the pleasure of announcing the not for profit organizations selected by the members of the team that will share the total amount of €1,250,000.

The nonprofits that will receive a grant, as part of the above initiative, as indicated by the members of the National Team, are (in alphabetical order):

 “AGALIAZO” – ASSOCIATION OF VOLUNTEERS AGAINST CANCER
ARGO SOCIETY
ARK OF LOVE
ARK OF THE WORLD
ASSOCIATION FOR REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND MENTAL HEALTH (EPAPSY)
ASSOCIATION OF PARENTS & GUARDIANS AND FRIENDS OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES OF NORTHERN MACEDONIA
ASSOCIATION OF PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH DOWN SYNDROME, KATO TOUBA, THESSALONIKI
ASSOCIATION OF PARENTS OF CHILDREN SUFFERING FROM MALIGNANT DISEASES OF NORTHERN GREECE «LAMPSI»
ASSOCIATION OF FRIENDS OF CHILDREN WITH CANCER “ELPIDA”
CATHOLIC CHURCH OF VOULA 
CHILD PROTECTION CENTER OF ATTICA
CHILD PROTECTION CENTER OF DRAMA
CHILD PROTECTION CENTER AGIOS DIMITRIOS, PYLAIA, THESSALONIKI 
CHILDREN’S HOME OF LARISSA, ELLINIKI MERIMNA
DAY CENTER FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM OF KALAMATA
DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS
ERGASTIRI
“FLOGA” – PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION OF CHILDREN WITH CANCER
HELLENIC SOCIETY FOR DISABLED CHILDREN (ELEPAP), IOANNINA
HELLENIC SOCIETY FOR DISABLED CHILDREN (ELEPAP), THESSALONIKI
HATZIKYRIAKIO CHILD CARE INSTITUTION
HORIZON
LIFELINE
MAKE A WISH GREECE
MEDICAL AND OCCUPATIONAL TREATMENT CENTER OF TRIKALA
“MELISSA” – HOME FOR ORPHAN GIRLS
“MERIMNA” PHILANTHROPIC SOCIETY FOR CHILDREN OF KATERINI
ORGANIZATION “EARTH”
OUR HOME
PHILANTHROPIC INSTITUTIONS OF THE HOLY METROPOLITAN CHURCH OF MONEMVASSIA & SPARTA
PRAKSIS 
PSYCHOLOGY CENTER OF KSANTHI
RETIREMENT HOME OF KSANTHI
RETIREMENT HOME OF PYRGOS
SOCIAL SUPPORT
SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF AUTISTIC CHILDREN “ANADYSI” - AEGINA
SOS CHILDREN’S VILLAGE, KALAMATA
SPECIAL THERAPY UNIT “ELPIDA”
SPECIAL EDUCATION CENTER OF KALAMARIA, THESSALONIKI
STAVROS HALIORIS SOCIAL CENTER – MAGIKO, KSANTHI
“STEGI” SHELTER, SYROS
ST. TABITHA INSTITUTION
“STORGI” – ASSOCIATION OF FRIENDS OF CHILDREN WITH CANCER
THEOTOKOS FOUNDATION
THERAPY AND EDUCATION CENTER OF PATRA FOR CHILDREN WITH ADJUSTMENT PROBLEMS
THE SMILE OF THE CHILD
THE SPASTICS SOCIETY OF NORTHERN GREECE
TOGETHER FOR CHILDREN

The National Team grants will help to provide relief to population groups that have been particularly affected by the current crisis, such as children, people with disabilities, and the elderly. 

Each grant will be made directly by the Foundation to each individual non-profit, both in the name of the respective football player or coach who suggested it and the whole of the national team. 

Through this initiative, the Foundation wishes to acknowledge the effort put in by the players on the football field, and the capacity of sports to lift the collective spirits of a nation facing times of hardship. Athletes ought to serve as role models and, through its grant, the Foundation hopes to encourage more individuals who are in a position to help at this time of adversity to do so. 

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation would like to extend special thanks to the President of the National Football Team, Mr. Sofoklis Pilavios, for his contribution in the prompt selection of organizations by each football player and coach.