Mr Giorgos Borovilos, President of the Super League, and Mr Mihalis Anagnostou, Super League General Manager, together with delegations from FC Atromitos Athinon, FC Panathinaikos and FC Panionios, visited the "Theotokos" Foundation for the Protection and Rehabilitation of Children and Young People with Intellectual Disability in order to meet with the children, to offer athletic equipment and express their solidarity and support to the work of the Foundation's personnel.
FC Atromitos Athinon was represented by the Vice-CEO of the Club, Mrs Katia Koxenoglou, and footballers Luiz Brito, Pitu Garcia and Kyriakos Kivrakidis.
FC Panathinaikos was represented by footballers Panagiotis Spyropoulos and Giannis Stamatakis, whereas FC Panionios was represented by Nikos Giannakopoulos and Spyros Fourlanos.
Mr Kriton Neofytos, the president of the Foundation, and Mr Yannis Papakonstantinou, general manager of the Foundation, welcomed the Super League and Club representatives.
The Super League President Mr Giorgios Borovilos stated: "We are happy to be here with you today. I wish to congratulate all representatives of the Foundation as well as the children for your everyday effort," and continued: "Super League is not just about football. Today we show football's social aspect too. I wish a Happy and Healthy New Year."
Mr Kriton Neofytos, the president of the Foundation, initially thanked the Super League and the Clubs for their initiative and support, and then addressed the children: "We have with us today the Super League and FC Atromitos Athinon, FC Panathinaikos and FC Panionios. They donated a significant amount of money and many commemorative gifts, as well as official footballs of the championship. We thank them very much and I wish a Happy New Year to everyone."
Luiz Brito (FC Atromitos Athinon): "We all feel very happy when we are with these children. It's a lesson of life for all of us."
Panagiotis Spyropoulos (FC Panathinaikos): "They do a very good job. We are really moved to be together with these children."
Nikos Giannakopoulos (FC Panionios): "We came here today to support this really significant effort. To help in any way we can. The Foundation's work is really important."
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The "Theotokos" Foundation at a glance
The "THEOTOKOS" Foundation is a welfare, non-profit and non-governmental private entity established in 1954 and supervised by the Ministry of Labour, Social Security & Welfare.
The Foundation offers services to children and young people with Intellectual Disability and other developmental disorders, and also gives support to their families. The main features of the internal operations and administration of the Foundation include the democratic decision-making and its regulating processes. The mission of the Foundation is to educate children and young people.
You may visit the Foundation's webpage here: http://www.theotokos.gr