The National Hellenic Invitational Basketball Tournament (NHIBT) is pleased to announce that it is a proud recipient of the 2018 Hellenic Foundation – Chicago grant.

The NHIBT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supports enthusiastically the Hellenic community and Hellenic youth throughout the Chicagoland area. We follow and support the same values and ideas that drive the Hellenic Foundation.

The NHIBT was founded in 1931and is one of the oldest national basketball tournaments of any kind, preceding the NAIA (1937), NIT (1938), and NCAA (1939). The NHIBT typically hosts 30 to 40 local and national youth basketball teams, ranging in ages of eight years old to adult, in the Chicagoland area. Visit to learn more. The NHIBT was also the “divine spark” for several Midwest Pan-Orthodox tournaments.

The goal of the NHIBT is to provide, for all ages and genders, a forum for Greek Orthodox Americans to convene, cultivate, and nurture personal and professional relationships with other Greek Orthodox Americans both locally and across the nation, and at times international. We focus on the event to Promote, Support, and Preserve Hellenism through competition and fellowship. With our vision, along with our over-arching goals, we strategize to make the NHIBT the tournament of choice for the Hellenic community to compete in and support.

The NHIBT maintains over 88 years of Hellenic tradition, and a culture which holds tremendous nostalgia and love for thousands of participants since its inception.

With the Hellenic Grant the NHIBT will be better equipped to promote sportsmanship, ethics, Hellenic spirit, volunteerism, team play, and fundamentals of competition in line with our ancestors’ ideals.

The grant funding, from the Hellenic Foundation – Chicago, will provide the NHIBT the opportunity to provide, but not limited to, the following:

  • increasing participation and opportunity for the Hellenic youth and community
  • increasing financial independence to support Hellenic individuals, events, and organizations.
  • give back and assist Hellenic community with expanding participation and awareness of the NHIBT to the Hellenic youth.
  • the ability to provide the Hellenic youth with greater opportunities to connect and obtain life-long friendships.

On behalf of all those that volunteered, coached, participated, and supported the NHIBT, we are truly grateful to receive this generous grant from the Hellenic Foundation. Thank you!




Dean Manasses, AIA
NHIBT President
On behalf of the N.H.I.B.T. Committee