The American College of Greece, aiming at strengthening the “Dual Career” program for Olympians by helping them address challenges they face in their effort to combine championship sports with education and work, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Hellenic Olympic Committee (HOC) on Friday, May 5, 2023.
With the signing of this memorandum, both sides express their intention to develop joint initiatives and seal a cooperation between them with synergies to be developed on multiple levels.
The agreement was signed by Claudia Carydis, ACG Vice President of Public Affairs, and Spyros Capralos, President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee. ACG was represented at the meeting by Professor & Executive Director, Center of Excellence in Food, Tourism and Leisure (CoEFTL), Dr. Athanasios Krystallis, and Assistant Professor & Program Coordinator, Sports Management, Dr. Stella Leivadi. On behalf of the HOC, Manolis Kolimbadis, Secretary General of the HOC and Nikos Iatrou, President of the HOC Marketing Committee, were present.
As VP Carydis stated: “The American College of Greece, the leading private tertiary academic institution in Greece, is happy and proud to join forces with the Hellenic Olympic Committee members in order to explore ways and facilitate the path for top Greek athletes to also reach their potential in areas and activities outside and on top of their athletic careers.”
On the occasion of this cooperation, HOC President Spyros Capralos stated: “This action is added to the HOC’s overall efforts on Dual Career issues. For the HOC, it is very important that a high-performance athlete has the opportunity to combine his passion for sports with education and later with his professional career. This road is not easy. However, it is perfectly feasible. We are here to support our athletes towards their professional rehabilitation and prepare them for the next day following the end of a sporting career.”