Andrew Stergiopoulos

I want everyone who reads this, to get to know a little about Andrew Stergiopoulos, known as Sterg to his family and friends. Please remember to say a prayer for his familyand those who were blessed enough to know him in life, as I just met him while working on the Project 2,996 a tribute to all of those who died in the attack on the United States 9-11-01.

Sterg was born March 7, 1978.  He died Septemeber 11, 2001 at the age of 23.

Sterg was a most amazing young man. He was a very special person, who by all accounts was humble, popular, smart, kind, devoted, happy, an athlete  and a leader.  I can add another 100 great things about him, but I believe you get the drift-he was no ordinary person. He was extraordinary. One person wrote this about Sterg-“His life embodied the values of leadership, academic and athletic achievement,  sportsmanship, diligence and empathy. In twenty three and one half years,  he made a profound and lasting impact on everyone he met.” 

That was just an opening statement on his life. Can you imagine where his life would have taken him and how much we need Americans like this in our world? While researching Sterg I was hoping to be able to tell the world something about him. So much has been written about Sterg by people who write much better than I. 

What a lesson this has been for me! This is probably the most amazing person I ever met! I want to thank his family for his life. I want to thank his parents for raising such a talented, and special person. I want to let them know that  Sterg is still teaching people and meeting people and making a positive impact on people who are just meeting him for the first time and that he is an inspiration.

For those who would like to learn more about this amazing young man-please visit these links. His family continues to give to other’s in many ways – they write this on his foundation website-www.Sterg.org

After Andrew’s passing on September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center, his family and friends determined that the best way to commemorate his extraordinary gifts was to continue giving. We have established The Andrew Stergiopoulos Foundation as the vehicle through which Andrew’s outstanding qualities continue to have widespread impact. The Foundation carries out its commemorative mission in four principal ways:

  • The Andrew Stergiopoulos Scholarship Award at George Washington University. Starting in Fall 2005, the Foundation, in collaboration with the faculty and administration of GW, has given this Award to student in the George Washington University School of Business and Public Management. The Award is a cash gift, traditionally in the amount of $2,500, and is given to a student who exhibits Andrew’s outstanding qualities, including academic and athletic achievement, leadership and vision. The Foundation selects each year’s recipient based on an application and a faculty recommendation, and the recipient is eligible to use the Award to defray tuition or work study costs or for a special research project. The Foundation will continue to distribute this Award annually.
  • The Andrew Stergiopoulos Leadership Award at Great Neck North High School. Starting in Spring 2002, the Foundation, in collaboration with the faculty and administration of Great Neck North High School, annually has given this Award to one or two graduating seniors. This Award traditionally has taken the form of a cash gift in the amount of $500. Recipients are encouraged to use the proceeds of the Award to further their college studies and their leadership activities. Recipients of this Award are students who have demonstrated leadership on and off the sports field, have excelled in academic and extracurricular settings and have evidenced a commitment to sportsmanship and inclusiveness. The Foundation selects recipients from a group of candidates recommended by the faculty of Great Neck North High School. The Foundation will continue to distribute this Award annually.     
  • The Andrew Stergiopoulos Great Neck Bruins Awards Game and Ceremony. Starting on March 10, 2007, and annually thereafter, The Andrew Stergiopoulos Foundation, in collaboration with Great Neck Park district officials, will host the Andrew Stergiopoulos Great Neck Bruins Awards Game and Ceremony at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink at the Parkwood Sports Complex. At this game, Great Neck Bruins ice hockey players in the mite, squirt, peewee and bantam divisions will play a series of games at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink. Those games will be followed by an Awards Ceremony in which one player in each age division will be given the Andrew Stergiopoulos Most Valuable Player Award, in recognition of the player’s contributions to the Great Neck ice hockey program over the course of the season.The Foundation coordinated the process that led to the naming of the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink, and since 2002, the Foundation has made annual contributions to the Great Neck ice hockey program and the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink.
  • St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church in Hempstead, Long Island and St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in lower Manhattan. Andrew grew up in St. Paul’s church. He was baptized there, attended Sunday school and worshipped there with his family. Andrew’s experiences at St. Paul’s instilled in him certain of the values that would serve him in all his endeavors, and through Andrew’s example, would impact so many others. The Foundation has made contributions to St. Paul’s, and will continue to do so from time to time. St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in lower Manhattan was destroyed on September 11, 2001. The Foundation has contributed to the rebuilding of St. Nicholas, and Andrew’s name will be inscribed on a plaque in the rebuilt church

 

He was the kind of person everyone hopes their sons will grow up to be like and the type of person you hope your daughter will marry.  I am amazed of his accomplishments in only 23 and a half years of life.  I pray for his family and his friends. I thank God for Sterg’s life. I damn those who took him from this world.

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9 Responses to “Andrew Stergiopoulos”

  1. brat Says:

    Truly amazing! How blessed we all are that such young men lived – truly LIVED!!!

    Thank YOU, Carol. GREAT job!

  2. Kim Souza Soldiers' Angel Says:

    Thanks for bringing light to this young man’s LIFE!! Although he is no longer with us here, I am sure he is WITH us on our missions…Love you my friend!! Kim xo

  3. Kathi Says:

    Wonderful tribute,Carol. Thank you, for sharing this with us. Keeping his family and friends in my prayers.

  4. Alicia Says:

    Such a powerful tribute. Thank you.

    I honor Christopher Paul Slattery.

  5. Cathy Says:

    His life lives on. You did a wonderful thing here, Carol.

  6. Darlene Says:

    What an awesome tribute to someone that gave so much and is still giving all though he is now among us on earth. I am sure he is watching over this great Nation. I honor a real Hero and Thank God for such wonderful people as this. I am sure he touched many lives and lives on in many hearts. God Bless his family and friends, What a man!

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  7. kingshounds Says:

    Thank you for remembering Andrew. His family has done a wonderful thing with the Foundation in memory of their loved one.

  8. Angela Says:

    Thank you for the wonderful tribute to my son Andrew Stergiopoulos. His spirit lives in every life he touched. May his memory be eternal. May he rest in peace.

    • northstar96sc Says:

      I haven’t logged into this site in quite awhile BUT your son, Andrew, has been in my prayers as well as you and your family. Thank you so much for the email. Andrew touched my life just learning what I could about him. What an awesome child !

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