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The Metropolitan Greek Orthodox Basketball League (MGOBL) has a full and rich history dating back to the 1940’s. Originally known as the Greek Orthodox Basketball League, it was set up as a gathering for Greek-American veterans. Lou Cotronis and Tom Demopoulos were instrumental in the formation of the League and it’s operations.

Throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s, the league continued to grow and develop, adding communities as it grew. In the mid 70’s, the Junior Boys Division was added. Thanks to the work of George Masters, Bill Basedow and George Papazicos, the League drafted and published its first set of by-laws during the 1974-1975 season. In that same season, the HANAC Girls Basketball Tournaments evolved into the addition of a girls division for the first time in the MGOBL; this was followed in 1998-1999 by the addition of a Junior Girls Division.

In 1999, the Direct Archdiocesan District of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America began overseeing the operations of the MGOBL with the assistance of DAD Youth Director George Hazlaris. George continues to this day to be a strong presence in the League, as well as continuously serving on its Steering Committee. From 2001-2004, Irene Papazicos was appointed Director and our MGOBL website was started.  Through the rest of the 2000’s, the MGOBL was led by Larry Hatzioannides who grew the league to almost 500 players with over 40 teams in various communities throughout the Direct Archdiocesan District.

In 2010, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America appointed Deacon Evagoras Constantinides as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the Direct Archdiocesan District. Deacon Evagoras led the search for a new MGOBL Director, and after a full interview process, Chris Pantazis was appointed by His Eminence to be the new Director of the MGOBL. Chris, along with the entire Steering Committee, is dedicated to the continual organization and growth of the League and looks forward to the success of this important Athletic Ministry of the Greek Orthodox Direct Archdiocesan District.

Anyone with more history of the MGOBL or pictures, please send them to us. Thank you!