Awards & Projects

Hellenic Spirit Foundation Recognition of Achievement Awards 

Hellenic Spirit Foundation Achievement Awards is a yearly award to recognize people in our organization and in the greek community for their achievements and contributions to the community.  Anyone can submit someone to be honored.  There is no age requirement, must have an affiliation with the greek community and have done something distinguished in an area (i.e. sports, contribution of community…etc.).  Please use contact form to submit an achievement award submission. All submissions received are reviewed and selected by panel.

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December 2022- Awards Dinner

  • Internal Honoree:  George Kantis

Long standing service to The Hellenic Spirit Foundation as its Treasurer and numerous leadership positions for more than fifty years with the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church.

  • External Honoree:  Anastasios and Kristin Folki-Kaburakis

The Hellenic Spirit Foundation hereby recognizes the accomplishments and contributions in the field of sports

Kristen Folkl- Kaburakis
A first alternate on the United States National Volleyball Team for the 1996 Summer Olympics
Four- time Volleyball – All American winning three national championships and named GTE Academic Player of the year at Stanford University
Currently serving as a development officer for the Institute for Science and Health and Director for development on the St.Louis Commission to generate fundraising.

Anastasios Kaburakis , Ph.D.
Attorney At Law

World’s Top 20 Most Influential Sports Lawyers, Sports Business International (2010)
Fr. Thomas M. Knapp, S.J. Distinguished Faculty Award (2018) from St. Louis University
Lead Consultant NCAA International Student-Athletes Inclusion (2021- Present)
ACS Athens and Greek Basketball Coaches Association Consultant (2008- Present)
Burson-Marsteller /TSE Consulting Academic Advisor (2007- Present)
Founder & Manager, Nomos LLC (2010-Present)
Publications and Media Placements in various aspects of sports

September 2021- Awards Dinner 

  • Internal Honoree: Lou Potsou – 10th year Hellenic Spirit Foundations’ Orthodox Christian Families In Need Drive

Lou Potsou was a former president of Hellenic Spirit Foundation and All Saints Church board member.  Lou organized philanthropic efforts to help those in need by pulling the resources of his contacts to help people/families in their most difficult times. He worked with all the Orthodox priests to identify people/families in need.  And that is how we get the families.  Lou is the one who created and inspired the Orthodox Christian Families In Need project of Hellenic Spirit of Foundation, which is now honored and named “The Lou Potsou Memorial – Orthodox Christian Families In Need”.  The Families In Need drive raised over $30K over the 10 years with Hellenic and outside funds. The memorial fund is overseen by Lou’s wife and two sons, who determine the amount each case receives from this fund each year in December.  Donations in Lou’s memory are welcome.  You can make an online donation or checks can be mailed to:  6323 Clayton Avenue St. Louis MO 63139.  Include Lou Potsou Memorial Fund in Memo.

  • External Honoree: Christopher John Ferris 

Cristopher Ferris is a four-time all-state, all-section and all-district selection.  Owns all of Lindbergh school’s individual golf records. 18-time match medalist with a career scoring average of +2.2 and two-time conference champion and as a junior was also named Suburban West Conference Player of the Year.