Affectionately known around the state of Illinois and Chicago as the Godfather of basketball officials.

He has officiated basketball across the country for over 50 years including The NBA ,major college,high school, and the NHIBT at Cicero Stadium, Fenwick, St Andrew’s, and St. Patrick HS.

This will be the 11th Hall of Fame induction for him.

During the 1970’s he dabbled in coaching winning the Boston Shootout and other National tourneys .

The last 20 years he has been employed by the CPS system at Dr.MLK College Prep.

Reuben is from Evansville,Indiana and went to Knoxville College on a football scholarship.

After serving 2 years in the Service he came to Chicago to see his aunt and luckily he has been here ever since.

He is a member of Saint Thomas Episcopal Church where he and his beautiful wife Wanda serve the Lord diligently.

By the way she is an accomplished official too!!

He reffed many games with George Demos,a fellow Hall of Famer,and was in the movie “Hoop Dreams”.

He is the father of 5 grown children and is humbled to be the first ref to be inducted into the NHIBT Hall of Fame .

By his best memory he reffed the NHIBTVChampionshop game over 20 times!!

As an All-American at Niles West High School, her girls basketball team won the Illinois High School State Championship and she received many local, regional and state accolades.

Barb received a full scholarship to play at DePaul University in Chicago and started every game in her four year career. She was a two time captain and led the team in scoring three of her four years. She graduated as the all-time record holder in total points scored, as well as leader in assists, steals, field goals and field goals attempted. She has been inducted into the DePaul Hall of Fame, the Niles West Hall of Fame and in the Illinois High School Hall of Fame with her State Championship team.

After retiring from WGN Radio after 25 years, she was recruited to run both the Niles West girls and boys 6 th , 7 th and 8 th grade feeder basketball programs of which she also coached for many years. She is a lifelong member of St. Demetrios of Chicago and she has lived most of her life in Lincolnwood, IL where she and her husband, Bill, raised their children Johnny, Tricia and Andrew.

Nick was raised in Chicago/Stoney Island. He attended Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, where he was introduced to Greek basketball. His memories of the NHIBT go back to elementary school where he was a spectator and fan and eventually competed for nearly 15 years. Nick recently retired from the City of Chicago after 30 years. In addition to playing Nick also coached the St. Connie’s Men’s Team for years.

Nick believes the best things about the NHIBT are the lifelong friendships and connections that are made. He is honored to be nominated along with his teammates Jim Apostolos and Ted Cachampis.

Theodore “Teddy” Cachampis was born on May 23, 1956, and baptized at Annunciation Cathedral of Chicago.

After moving to the Southside in 1963 he was enrolled at Koraes Elementary School at St. Constantine & Helen. Later he attended George Washington and Mt. Caramel High School.

Ted played basketball from 1967-1982 for St. Constantine & Helen in Palos Hills, Illinois. He was a teammate of two fellow inductees, Jim Apostolos and Nick Giannoules.

Currently, Ted is married to Cheryl and the proud father of four children attending St. Nicholas Parish in Oak Lawn, Illinois.

Some personal thoughts from Teddy: “I appreciate being recognized by the NHIBT Committee. Their efforts to keep Greek basketball alive and thriving should be applauded. I am honored to be inducted  into the Hall of Fame along with two of my teammates.

Congratulations to Sophia Skoubis who officially signed to play D1 Women’s Soccer at the University of Missouri!
Go Tigers!

Peter Balis was born in Sparta, Greece. His family immigrated to the west side of Chicago when he was 4 years old. He went to Chicago Public Schools, and learned how to play sports by emulating what he watched on TV. The first organized sport he played was 6 th grade basketball at Holy Trinity. If the church didn’t have a gym, he honestly wouldn’t have spent much time there. If anyone was looking for him during those years they could find him competing at his playground or at the Holy Trinity gym. It was clear early on that Peter was a competition junkie and destined to become a gym and/or field rat.

His childhood dream was to become a Major League baseball player. That said, he never played little league baseball; the first time he played organized baseball was during freshman tryouts at Lane Tech High School. Lane had great teams and during his senior year they competed in the City Championships that were played at Old Comiskey Park (Home of the White Sox).

He never tried out for or played high school basketball. Instead, he was fortunate to have met mentors at age 15 that are probably most responsible for Peter playing professionally in Greece. Tom Williams was a Chicago cop and Mitch Chuck was the AD at Orr High School. Both saw something in Peter, and they let him fill in on the men’s league teams they ran. At first, the lumps he received from all the great players he played against were humbling, and extremely frustrating. As he got older, bigger, stronger, and smarter, he evolved from a fill-in player to a regular on those teams. Peter began dishing out his own lumps to some of those same guys as the years passed! He was always a student of the sports he played, but the basketball / life lessons that he gained during his teen and adolescent years were a blessing. He learned what it took to prepare for competition, and what you had to do mentally and physically to win. Peter can’t thank Tom and Mitch enough for the impact they made on his life!!

He was a late-bloomer, and not recruited by any big college programs. He paid his own way throughcollege, with only one goal….fulfill his little kid dream of professional baseball. Most of his college career was spent at North Park College in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. While there Peter played baseball, basketball, soccer, and in his senior year, he was the place kicker for an 0 – 9 football team!!!

At the end of his college career, Peter was drafted by the Cleveland Indians and competed in their minor league system. His road to the Big Leagues was cut much shorter than he ever expected. He was released and didn’t know what his next move was going to be. A month later, he was contacted by the head basketball coach of Olimpiakos, Steve (Young) Yiatzoglou. Steve was a superstar player in Greece and gave Peter his first shot. Playing for Olimpiakos his rookie season was a whirlwind. Steve was a warrior when he played, and he coached with that same mentality, perfectly aligned with Peter’s style.

He was also fortunate that one of his Chicago heroes Kirk Vidas, took him under his wing that year. One of the most mind boggling parts of his rookie year experience was competing against Kirk (Ilisiakos) and Danny Nikitas (Apollon Patras). 3 Greek kids from Chicago were competing professionally in Greece’s A1 Basketball League…truly awesome!

His career in Greece spanned 10 years. The majority of those years spent with Panionios, which included multiple seasons competing in Europe’s Korac Cup Championship; one year advancing to the Elite 8. The climax of Peter’s athletic career was winning the Greek Cup in 1991, which also gave Panionios an opportunity to compete in the European Cup Winners Championship the following 91-92 season. His only goal during the trek overseas was to win a title, which was accomplished with those great Panionios teams.

Those years in Greece were special for many reasons. Peter played with and against great Greek, European, and NBA players. The list is way too long, but players like Nick Gallis, Fani Christodoulou, Toni Kukoc, Zarko Paspaliej, Dominique Wilkens, Eddie Johnson, Antonio Davis, etc. Peter was able to travel all over the world and experience different cultures first hand. These athletic experiences have made him who is today.

On a personal level, Peter has 4 adult children. Oldest daughter Taylor and her husband Chris Oakland live in the western suburbs of Chicago, and have blessed their family with two grandchildren, Nora and Charlie. His other daughter Arden lives and works in Dallas, TX, and two sons Vaughn and Alex live and work in Northern Virginia.

Jim Apostolos is a proud member of a great group at St. Connie’s on the South Side of Chicago. He feels blessed to have had wonderful experiences through his community of Koraes School, G.O.Y.A and the Sons of Pericles. Jim remembers his first time playing at Cicero Stadium and how special he knew it was and meeting Jim Londos! Jim is proud and humbled to accept this nomination with his teammates Nick Giannoules and Ted Cachampis and wishes NHIBT legends and great such as Steve Pappas, George Sfondels, Gus Sperakes along with Fr. Byron were around to share this memory.