Mamalakis, Nick - 1988
Nick Mamalakis, a longtime supporter of athletics in the Savannah area, helped found the Greater Savannah Athletic Hall of Fame in 1962. He has been a trustee of the organization since its inception as well as a staunch supporter of the Alee Temple Shrine. Each year he oversees the selection of the Lawton M. Calhoun “Athlete of the Year” award.
Mamalakis has been involved in local athletics since 1932, when he started a boy’s league in the Greek Church. Shortly after, he joined the Navy and continued his involvement, taking charge of the fitness and golf programs. After his discharge from the service, Mamalakis went into the insurance business, but always made time for young athletes. He became director of the Jenkins Boys Club after the death of Judge Victor B. Jenkins, and presided over an era of expansion for the club.
In 1988, the Greater Savannah Athletic Hall of Fame decided to honor him for his many years of service to the community.