UNICEF Representative in Greece welcomes this year’s UNICEF Trophy winner, PANIONIOS B.C. and President of Hellenic Basketball Federation in office premises

10 January 2024
PANIONIOS B.C. won this year’s UNICEF Trophy FINAL on Saturday 6 January, receiving a ticket to compete at the FINAL 8 of the Basketball Cup of Greece in February 2024.
PANIONIOS B.C. won this year’s UNICEF Trophy FINAL on Saturday 6 January, receiving a ticket to compete at the FINAL 8 of the Basketball Cup of Greece in February 2024.

ATHENS, 9 JANUARY 202To kick off 2024 in a very positive note, UNICEF’s Representative in Greece, Dr. Ghassan Khalil, welcomed this year’s winner of the UNICEF Trophy 2023 tournament, PANIONIOS B.C., alongside the President of the Hellenic Basketball Federation, Dr. Evangelos Liolios, earlier today at UNICEF’s premises in Athens.

UNICEF Representative in Greece, Dr.Ghassan Khalil, said about the event:

It is with great pleasure that we welcomed today at our premises the winner of this year’s UNICEF Trophy! Wholehearted congratulations to PANIONIOS B.C. for managing to win the Trophy for two consecutive years! UNICEF Trophy was established in 2022 as a result of a fruitful ongoing partnership between UNICEF and the Hellenic Basketball Federation, aiming to promote child rights, prevention of all forms of violence, for every child, everywhere. Congratulations also to all the teams which participated and competed at the tournament. It is together with them and their youth academies that we want to continue to work together with the Hellenic Basketball Federation, to ensure that no child or young person is left behind!

We are very happy about our valuable and productive partnership with UNICEF. UNICEF Trophy is only in its second year and has already been "embraced" by Greek basketball, with the dynamic participation of children from the teams' basketball academies but also basketball fans in general. We are constantly building new activities which will enrich the overall procedure of the initiative, aiming to translate our interventions to real impact on children, parents and athletes. We will announce more collaborative initiatives between the Hellenic Basketball Federation and UNICEF together with UNICEF Representative Dr. Ghassan Khalil very soon" noted President Liolios.

Following a win over Doxa Lefkadas  at the semi-finals of the tournament, on 5 January, Panionios B.C. won against Neaniki Estia of Megaris team 66-63 on Saturday, 6 January, at the Olympic Center of Ano Liossia, , in a game rife with excitement and fascinating highlights.

The Secretary General of the Hellenic Basketball Federation, Mr. Nikos Nikolopoulos together with UNICEF’s Youth Advocates for Greece, Panagiotis Raptis, Efi Zafeiropoulou and Stavros Giouvanis, presented the Trophy to the leader of the winning team, Dimitris Verginis with the President of HBF, Mr. Evangelos Liolios, handing the symbolic “ticket” to the FINAL 8 to the legendary player of the winning team, Fanis Christodoulou.

Dimitris Verginis, leader of Panionios, said:

The collaboration of the Hellenic Basketball Federation with UNICEF is of outmost importance to all of us, not only for basketball, which we all serve, but for society as a whole. There is nothing more valuable than children, this is a well-known fact. We are happy to be here, we congratulate UNICEF for its work , we wish that this collaboration will go on for years to come and we, as team of Panionios, will always be available, especially as we have won the trophy twice, back to back.


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