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Greek Consulate in Houston logo


The Consulate of Greece in Houston

in cooperation with the Hellenic Cultural Center of the Southwest

cordially invite you

at a reception to be held

on Saturday, March 25th 2017, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

to celebrate the Hellenic Independence Day

            Place of Venue

            St. Basil Great Greek Orthodox Church                                                                

George Costas Hall                 

1100 Eldridge Pkwy                                       

Houston, Texas 77077

Please RSVP by March 22nd at: reception1821@hotmail.com                           


swing away flyer"Following a meltdown that leads to a suspension, professional golfer Zoe Papadopoulos travels to her grandparents' village in Greece to escape the harsh spotlight of the international sports world. Between baking bread and eating baklava, she meets and mentors a ten-year-old girl who is determined - against all odds - to become the next golf sensation. Along the way, Zoe rediscovers her Greek heritage, her love of the game, and the hidden strength within herself as she inspires the townspeople in an epic showdown against a greedy American developer"


ABOUT THE STORY – George Elias Stephanopoulos, Creator/Producer

The Idea: Swing Away, set in present day Greece, is a comedy with heart. And never has an American golf film ventured out of America before this one. Golf is increasingly becoming a worldwide sport with its ascent at last to the Olympics in 2016. Of course, Greeks will likely claim this represents the return of golf to Greece as an ancient Greek game. Whether Greek myth or legend, the charm and wonder of golf is ultimately revealed in Swing Away. 

The Story: The main story of Swing Away is about a American golfer who journeys home to overcome an obstacle and in the process rediscovers again how to “swing away” at life and embrace that which matters most – family, children, health, friends and passions. Despite a very public humiliation, Zoe’s return to Greece allows her to rediscover her roots, her humanity and ultimately her love of the sport.
Theme: “Swing Away” is a golf term that means to hit the ball with ease and freedom. It also serves as a useful metaphor meaning it’s only in following the yearnings of our true self (like Stella does) or in rediscovering them again (like Zoe) that allows the universe or golf gods in this case to conspire to bring joy and unity into our lives. And it’s only through comedy that this theme can be adequately expressed in order to remind each of us to “swing away” in our own lives.


A Greek-Inspired Film: Swing Away was one of the few non Greek-language films to be shot, edited, and post-produced within Greece in an effort to support the Greek creative community, as well as to showcase the enormous talent of those working in the industry there, both in front and behind the camera.

Special offer to 50 HCC-SW members/supporters:

A $30 donation gets a prime, reserved seat at the theater, plus admission to a private gathering AFTER the screening with Swing Away producer George Stephanopoulos at a restaurant in the same complex.  Hearty snacks provided, cash bar.  All who purchase these tickets will be put in a random drawing for a Swing Away movie poster autographed by members of the cast and crew. 

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ABOUT THE PRODUCTION – Michael Achilles Nickles, Director

On Directing: I have always wanted to direct a film in Greece, as I have roots there (all four of my grandparents are Greek) and I am proud of my heritage. I first visited the country as a teenager when I was a camper at the Ionian Village. That is where I first met and became friends with producer George Stephanopoulos. It was during that trip that I had the strange sensation that I had come “home.” All of my trips to Greece since then have had a tremendous impact on me and I wanted to one day honor that in a film. Swing Away gave me that opportunity and it was an experience I’ll never forget. 

Marathon logoThe Houston-Athens Marathon Exchange (HAME), a non-profit group of volunteers, is the only program of its type in the United States.


Founded in 1988 by George Sarantopoulos, an avid runner who participated in the Athens and Houston marathons, and several fellow Greek-Americans, the HAME was envisioned as an exchange program linking the ancient Greek running tradition with the modern international 

marathons to foster good will between two great nations.  The idea was so successful it was created with the full blessing and support of Melina Mercouri, Minister of Culture in Greece.  The marathon organization has continued this unique exchange and is now in its 30th year. 

The Athens Classic Marathon

Founded in 1982, the Athens Authentic Marathon attracts Greek runners as well as many international runners.  The finish line is located at the Panathenaic Stadium, where a crowd of 70,000 spectators once cheered Spiros Louis to victory, and the 2004 Olympic Games marathoners.  Its course approximates the run by Pheidippedes in 490 BC and Spiros Louis in 1896.

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About us

HCC-SW is a Texas 501 (c)3 non-Profit organization founded in 2006, which promotes Hellenism and its ideals in the greater Southwest area of the US.

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