By Lexi Nikolopoulos, HG 2015
Boston’s second annual Greek Heritage Night took place at TD Garden on December 4, 2017, at the Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks NBA game. Over 2,000 Greek Americans attended, turning the game into a celebration of Greek culture. We were also lucky to see basketball phenomenon Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukie Bucks, known by fans as “The Greek Freak.” The stands were an ocean of blue and white, with dozens of flags displayed proudly throughout the night. In attendance were several NHS members, most notably, NHS Boston Co- Chair, Costa Sideridis. Mr. Sideridis led the committee that made this event possible. Thirteen Heritage Greece alumni traveled from across the east coast to be together for the game.
Prior to the NBA game, Eirini Tornesaki sang the National Anthem and the halftime performance featured the Sons and Daughters of Alexander the Great, who performed Greek dances in traditional dress. Although Milwaukee lost 100-111, Antetokounmpo had an extraordinary performance, earning 40 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists. The energy and pride felt throughout the stadium was a true testament to the power of Greek culture to bring us together. Giannis Antetokounmpo expressed his appreciation for the tremendous show of Greek support with a post-game Tweet:
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