History Repeats Itself, Inscription Revived

On August 22, 2004 the new tradition of inscribing victor’s names in ancient Olympia became a fact.

The ancient and the new inscription
1531 years after the games were last held in Olympia, the Monument of the Immortals Foundation revived this ancient tradition. Pressented, to the city of Amaliada, was a glass inscriptive with the names of the 6 victors (Yuriy Bilonog – Ukraine, Adam Nelson – United States of America, Joachim Olsen Denmark, as well as Yumileidi Cumba Jay – Cuba, Nadine Kleinert – Germany, and Svetlana Krivelyova – Russia) of the Shot Put Event of the 321st Olympiad (Athens 2004). This event took place in the ancient Olympia Stadium on August 18, 2004.

“For 1000 years your city was in charge of the conduct of the games in Olympia and as such we present this plaque to you to commemorate the Shot Put event of the 321st Olympiad,” said Makis Havadjias Cofounder and President of the Monument of the Immortals while presenting the inscriptive to Mr Vassilis Papanicolaou, Vice Major of Amaliada, to be placed next to the ancient Victors in ancient Olympia.
“We gladly accept and treasure this as our responsibility said Mr Papanicolaou accepting the plaque on behalf of the Mayor Yiannis Liperis. Today we will keep the plaque at City Hall until we can place it at the ancient site.

The Vice Major of Amaliada went on to place the Olympia Immortals Album with the Athletes testimonials under the auspices of the mayor.

Present on behalf of the Monument of the Immortals were: Mr. Panagiotis Antonakopoulos (Co Founder and Member of Parliament), Mr. Aris Anagnos (Greece’s Honorary Cultural Attaché in Los Angeles ), Mrs Xeni Kosmidou, (Public Relations of the Monument of the Immortals) Professor at the University of Thesalloniki and Dr. Olga Kosmidou Professor at Demokritio University of Thrace.

About The Monument of the Immortals
The Monument of the Immortals is a non-profit organization in California (USA) and Cyprus dedicated to establishing a monument in Olympia, Greece to honor the history and sportsmanship of Olympic competitors and revive the ancient tradition of inscribing the names of Olympic victors.

For more information contact us at: info@tmoti.org


August 22, 2004 at 10:34 pm Leave a comment

Olympia Immortals Monument in Mexico City

Riverside, California (USA) – On Saturday, November 27, precisely a year after the Architectural Design Competition was lounged, representatives of the Monument of the Immortals made a fundraising presentation of the winning design and future steps to be taken for the implementation of the project at the Gran Melia Hotel in Mexico City.

Representatives of the Greek Embassy, the Cyprus Embassy and the local media and fans of the project attended the event.

This event follows the successful lounge of the Olympia Album in ancient Olympia on August 13, 2004. The album was exhibited for dedication at the Gran Melia Hoter in Mexico. Further exhibition and presentation will be made in other capitals of the world.

The Olympia Immortals Album contains dedications of the thoughts and feelings of Athletes in their native language. All Athletes are invited to dedicate in the Album, to be kept in ancient Olympia.

For more information visit us at www.OlympiaImmortals.org.

August 13, 2004 at 11:12 pm Leave a comment

Hundreds Vie for the Chance to Resurrect History

January 2004 For Immediate Release Contact: Karen Wynn
Tel: + 1 909-275-9966
Email: immortalsdesign@aol.com

Riverside, California (USA) – Six weeks after launching an open international design competition, The Monument of the Immortals Board of Directors proudly report 260 registered competitors at the close of the registration period.
Competitors from as far away as Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldava, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam and Greece will join Americans from across the nation in registering and submitting designs for consideration. The selected finalists will receive a cash prize of $5,000 (USD) and resubmit revised proposals in early May. The sole finalist selected in the second phase of the competition will direct the creative efforts in erecting the newest addition to a proud tradition in Greece.
“When you have an idea like this, you wonder if others will understand and accept it. The response of the competitors and media outlets is a resounding affirmation,” says Makis Havadjias, Co-Founder of The Monument of the Immortals.
The Monument of the Immortals is seeking a design for a monument that will serve as the bridge between the history of the ancient and modern Olympiads by listing the names of all victors from the start of the games in 776 BC through the modern resurrection in 1896 and for the next 1,000 years. The names will be listed in the native tongue of the victor, introducing a global element to the project. The Monument of the Immortals is expected to have a significant impact on the local economy and regional tourism. Additional site plans include public grounds for ceremonies and celebrations, a registry of Olympians, and gift shop.
Detailed information about the competition is available at www.tmoti.org or by faxed request to + 1 909-275-9930.
The first phase of the competition closes on January 10, 2004.
About The Monument of the Immortals
The Monument of the Immortals is a non-profit organization in California (USA) and Cyprus dedicated to establishing a monument in Olympia, Greece, the municipality of the ancestral home of the Olympic Games, to honor the history and sportsmanship of Olympic competitors and revive the ancient tradition of inscribing the names of Olympic victors.

January 19, 2004 at 11:10 pm Leave a comment

Press Release – Group of Leaders Needed

Official TMOTI Press Release -March 24th, 2003 Fot Immediate Release Contact: Larry V. Tsironis

Olympia, Greece (March 24, 2003) – To guide TMOTI on its noble journey, the Foundation has launched its worldwide campaign in search of its Board of Directors. TMOTI’s quest is to fill its coveted seats with dynamic personalities – determined individuals that represent worthy efforts and ideals that match the soul that the organization embodies. Of the seven seats on the Board of Directors, two will remain permanent: the Mayor of Olympia and the General Area Governor for Elia (the region in which Olympia lies). These two positions will be refilled according to who the elected local government leaders are over time. The other five seats of the international team will be comprised of leaders that come from diverse backgrounds and priceless experiences from the areas of: culture, academia, art, philanthropy, business, politics, Olympic athleticism and the non-profit sector.
The Board of Directors will shoulder the responsibilities of the awesome TMOTI journey, working with the Executive Director towards the praiseworthy destination – the completion of the monument. Every member of the board is expected to be an innovative, creative, efficient, and effective team player that will help make the decisions necessary for the successful fruition of the monument. Since 2002, TMOTI’s founders and Executive Director have diligently given birth to the Foundation, developed its management team, secured sites in Olympia, and have raised global awareness for its mission. The time has finally arrived for this labor of love to enter the next level!
All the members on the board are invited to voluntarily serve as a TMOTI Board of Director. To view the TMOTI Foundation’s Constitution that outlines the duties of the position, click here. Anyone interested in seeking a position on TMOTI’s Board of Directors must send their: cover letter, resume or CV, portfolio, and any other relevant criteria that will express their personal interest with TMOTI by contacting the Foundation at:
The Monument of the Immortals Foundation
3452 University Avenue
Riverside, California 92501
Tel: (951) 275-9900
Fax: (951) 275-9930

March 23, 2003 at 11:42 pm Leave a comment

Press Release – Transformation of TMOTI.ORG

Official TMOTI Press Release -March 4th, 2003 For Immediate Release Contact: Larry V. Tsironis

Los Angeles, United States (March 4, 2003) – For those supporters who learned about the Monument in mid 2002, they may remember themselves having to type out “www.themonumentoftheimmortals.org” (an overwhelming 33 strokes o­n the keyboard). o­n January 2003, the Foundation was baptized with a new URL – www.tmoti.org, and has been in development ever since. The TMOTI team and visitors will be able to fully utilize and communicate via www.tmoti.org by the start of April. Velos Advertising, a fresh marketing group from Cyprus, hosted the initial site of the Foundation, a key to increasing global awareness of the Monument.
With the same zest for detail and presentation, Enzyme Media Solutions, a US corporation, shouldered the responsibility to design a newer website showcasing our newly created TMOTI logo. Along with the logo, the Foundation developed its corporate image, making a new website a necessity. Panos Marcoullis, President of Enzyme Solutions praises, “An idea as good as TMOTI deserves a strong information platform to the international community.” Velos has further developed its role with TMOTI as a marketing and advertising partner. Enzyme and Velos are both significant TMOTI partners who help express the image and philosophical messages of the Monument.

For more information about our partner firms:
* Enzyme Media Solutions, Inc.
* Velos Advertising

March 4, 2003 at 11:44 pm Leave a comment

Press Release – TMOTI Odyssey to Return Home

Official TMOTI Press Release – January 7th, 2003 For Immediate Release Contact: Larry V. Tsironis

Olympia, Greece (January 7, 2003) – With little over a year remaining before the ATHENS 2004 Opening Ceremonies, TMOTI has a tight timetable ahead of it. “The most vital issue for the Foundation is the securing of an ideal site,” commented Makis Havadjias and Panagiotis Antonakopoulos, Co-Founders of TMOTI, who surveyed the area surrounding Olympia in search of the Monument’s future home. The set goals of the trip to Olympia were to:
* Define local government role in the promotion of the Monument
* Request for public financial grants and property zoning rights in securing the ideal property for the Monument through municipal support
* Spark TMOTI passion in the minds of authorities and businesspeople in Olympia
* Accompanied by Kokos Andreou, Mavronicola Architects Inc., and Angella Blanas, TMOTI Architectural Consultant, the co-founders met with a group of interest local government dignitaries, architects, and developers for a four-day mission. Despite the winter storms, the expedition team was able to appropriately evaluate potential properties. “A project of this honor must be erected o­n a hilltop, to reach the Heavens,” suggested Blanas, as the team narrowed down the options.

Negotiations and discussions were opened with various landowners who eagerly await the progression of the Monument. With the securing of a few locations, the co-founders left the tour of Olympia with a stronger sense of what would be most appropriate for the Monument. The founders and consultants concluded that a future visit would be necessary in the near future – further exploring options.
About The Monument of the Immortals

The Monument of the Immortals is a non-profit organization in California (USA) and Cyprus dedicated to establishing a monument in Olympia, Greece to honor the history and sportsmanship of Olympic competitors and revive the ancient tradition of inscribing the names of Olympic victors.

January 7, 2003 at 11:46 pm Leave a comment

Press Release – Rallying Support from Greek Americans

Official TMOTI Press Release -November 15th, 2002 Posted on Thursday, March 06 @ 13:19:49 EST by TMOTI_Webmaster
For Immediate Release Contact: Larry V. Tsironis
New York City, United States (November 15, 2002) – The Organization of the Hellenes Abroad (SAE) of North & South America held their conference in New York City on 20-25 November 2002. The international summit meeting highlighted the upcoming ATHENS 2004 Olympic Games and Volunteerism, along with an array of cultural projects seeking official support from the worldwide organization representing all the Hellenes abroad through the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
TMOTI Executive Director, Larry Tsironis, gave an informal awareness-building presentation to place the TMOTI concept on the voting floor of SAE general assembly, eventually offering TMOTI official SAE endorsement. Tsironis infomed, “This was an important step in making TMOTI a Greek household name; hallmark events such as this will allow TMOTI to successfully implement its awareness campaign. Business cards, informative literature, and photographs of a conceptual architectural model offered not only a professional image, but also inspired creativity in the minds of conventioneers. The Conference granted Tsironis, along with TMOTI Co-Founder Makis Havadjias, the opportunity to present a positive first impression as an organizing team striving for success.

November 12, 2002 at 11:56 pm Leave a comment

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