George Averoff, the Greek benefactor from Epirus, in Northern Greece, was a resident of Alexandria; he financed the erection of the Athens Polytechnic School, the Military Academy, the Juvenile Prisons and the High School and the Girls Institution at Alexandria.
When the Committee for the renovation of the Panathenian Stadium asked him to contribute, he stated that he would undertake the renovation of the ancient Panathenian Stadium, at his own expense.
George Averoff was greeted by all Hellenism as the principal establisher
of the Olympic Games. In memory of his patriotism, his statue was erected
in front of the Stadium on the eve of the beginning of the Games.
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