Field of Life

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At a glance

Who we are

SNF Co-President Andreas Dracopoulos has sought to help create opportunities for all young people -especially those living in underserved areas- to grow and thrive. Panagiotis Giannakis has sought to inspire new generations of kids to develop healthy lifestyles, starting in the city where he was born and raised. These two visions have joined together to drive an ambitious mission.

What we do

We provide children and adolescents the tools and guidance they need to explore their talents, play, exercise, and develop core personal skills.

What we aim to achieve

Our goal is to give young people the space to discover new passions, grow in character, build healthy habits, and reach for their dreams.

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Our Approach



Imparting tools and knowledge that promote creative thinking and expression.



Fostering experiences and habits that are social—and above all fun!—to help create active lifestyles.



Sharing guidance and values that help young people discover a best version of themselves.

The coach

The Coach

Panagiotis Giannakis
Field of Life is led by renowned basketball coach and former player Panagiotis Giannakis.

Giannakis grew up in the Nikaia neighborhood of Athens and discovered his talent in basketball thanks to people who built the infrastructure and gave him the chance to get to know the sport. As a result, he was able to chase his dreams. Today, through Field of Life, he hopes to give kids in Nikaia the opportunity to discover what inspires them to thrive.


A Community Hub
in the Making

Coming soon

A brand-new, inviting 5,300-square-meter space to host Field of Life’s activities will be built in the Nikaia neighborhood of Athens. The facility, which will be open only to children participating in Field of Life programs, will comprise indoor and outdoor recreation areas and study spaces, sports facilities, and the organization’s offices. The name of our new home, expected to open in 2023, will be Field of Life - Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), in recognition of the fact that it was created through an exclusive grant from SNF.

* The designs of the building are under development and their final state may differ from what presented. The final drawings will be available soon.

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How it Works

After school, children will be able to visit Field of Life in Nikaia and take part in our programs.

A hot meal will be waiting for children upon arrival at Field of Life - Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), and afterward teachers will help them with their homework. Then it’s time to play! Basketball, volleyball, running, climbing, swimming, and lots more await. At the end of the day, children will participate in activities that grow their skills, including educational and recreational programs designed to empower character.

Until our new facility is ready, we look forward to seeing you in communities throughout Nikaia, where we have organized events for children. More information will be available soon.


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Learn more about Field of Life and upcoming events during SNF Nostos, a celebration of summer from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC).

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Join us to celebrate as we break ground on Field of Life’s facilities in the Nikaia neighborhood of Athens. More information will be available soon.

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Three-hour, activity-packed programs across the wider area of Nikaia will introduce kids to the three pillars of Field of Life’s mission. More information will be available soon.


The team

Our team is committed to working together toward a vision shared with Coach Panagiotis Giannakis, our leader, and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF): helping children grow and thrive.

Παναγιώτης Γιαννάκης
Panagiotis Giannakis
Dimitris Giannakakis
Dimitris Giannakakis
Kelly Giannaki
Director of Communications
Kelly Giannaki
Fotini Venetsanou
Director of Programs
Fotini Venetsanou
Χριστίνα Μπόχαλη
Corporate Secretary
Christiana Bohali