Honoring our traditions. Building our future.

George Thanasas: A Student-Athlete

George was one of the coolest, most even-keeled young men I have ever met. He had the perfect amount of confidence and his smile was contagious.

As a student-athlete, he always managed to keep things in balance – he worked hard yet had had fun: he took things seriously yet he could laugh at himself: he was fiercely competitive yet he could learn from a loss.

I have many fond memories of George both on the field and in the classroom. I will always remember the kindness he showed to the people around him. He loved people, and people loved him back.

– Coach David Dwaihy
George decided in his senior year to open himself up to a new challenge of playing on the varsity hockey team.

He achieved small hurdles on a weekly basis and on our annual Traverse City trip vs. Toledo St. John’s, George scored his first and only goal of the season.

His smile of accomplishment and the individual celebration that seemed to go on for minutes was something we as a team and coaching staff will never forget.

George lived out our team motto, he not only left the hockey program better than he found it, but he made all of us who knew him better.

 Coach Mike Hamilton
George truly gave his all for his teammates and for Liggett. When I think of George, I think of his smile. He had a carefree and friendly personality, and his had the ability to make others feel comfortable.

He loved life, and it was evident in everything he did. I also remember the way he ran, which was unique – he ran like a proud stallion. I will always think of George as a great example of how to live, interact, and to do things the right way. I have fond memories of George.

It was an honor to know him; the Liggett community will miss him dearly.

- Coach Mike Costanzo

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All proceeds from the campaign will support the continuing expansion and renovation of Liggett’s athletic facilities and program, from which George took so much joy. 

Please consider a donation to the George Thanasas Lacrosse Field initiative in honor of George, whose beaming smile and easy laugh brightened our days, and whose calm determination, keen intellect and indefatigable spirit were an inspiration for everyone who knew and loved him. 

With your support, future generations of students will step onto this field with the example of George’s remarkable life close to mind and heart.

You can make a one-time gift or spread your gift over a few years. 

If you have any questions please call Kelley Hamilton at 313.884.4444, Ext. 410 or email her at khamilton@uls.org.


University Liggett School, a top Metro Detroit private, independent school, is located at 1045 Cook Road Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236 313-884-4444
University Liggett School is a private preschool and kindergarten through 12th grade college preparatory school in Metro Detroit that is nationally recognized for its innovative curriculum and arts and athletics offerings.