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.