Philadelphia, PA – Proud Greek Americans took over the Wells Fargo Center on Monday evening for the Sixers game. Dubbed Greek Heritage Night, it was sponsored by the Philadelphia Greek Basketball League, Greek American Heritage Society of Philadelphia, the Federation of Hellenic American Societies of Philadelphia and Greater Delaware Valley and Colonial Marble. The event brought out basketball fans to see the Sixers take on the rising NBA star, Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks.
Over a thousand Greeks were treated to basketball, Greek music, Greek dancing, and then got to shoot a few buckets on the court where the stars of the NBA come to play. Atlantis of Philadelphia greeted visitors at the entrance lobby with Greek music and singing. Greek Sixers fans and the public, joined hands and started dancing at the same time selfies started popping up on the net as the energy of the Greek community transitioned the evening. As the music played, Atlantis announced, “Everyone’s Greek tonight.”
Section 118 and 123 of the Wells Fargo Center filled with blue and white shirts, flags and signs bearing Antetokounmpo’s name. Before the game started, Co-commissioners of the PGBL, John Vasiliou and Bill Zonios, stood at center court for the captains ceremonial greeting. Stathis Karandonis of the Federation and Nick Yiantsos of Greek American Heritage society were also recognized as key leading members of their respective organizations. All of them got to shake hands with the team representatives of the Sixers and the referees before the game started.