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The AYF-YOARF Eastern Region strongly condemns the continuation of ceasefire violations committed by the Azeri government.

AYF-YOARF ER Statement on the Downing of Artsakh Helicopter

On Nov. 12, 2014, Azeri military forces shot down an Artsakh Air Force Mi-24 unarmed helicopter at1:45 p.m. local time, once again violating the ceasefire. The helicopter was engaged in military training exercises near the line of contact. According to the Nagorno Karabagh Republic (NKR) Defense [more...]

November 14, 2014 // 1 Comment

A scene from the celebration

Philadelphia AYF Hosts Eternal Flame

Celebration Features Karnig Sarkissian By Taleen Streeter During the weekend of Aug. 21, we welcomed the Eternal Flame to Philadelphia. “The Eternal Flame is an initiative organized by the AYF-Youth Organization of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation of the Eastern Region, United States of [more...]

November 6, 2014 // 1 Comment

Birthday boy William Whittlesey (with hat) celebrates his 11th year by collecting more than $600 in gift contributions for Camp Haiastan.

A Child’s Birthday Gift for Camp Haiastan

SHERBORN, Mass.—In a world governed by corporate executives, venture capitalists, and philandering bureaucrats, sometimes it takes a child to do a man’s job. Birthday boy William Whittlesey (with hat) celebrates his 11th year by collecting more than $600 in gift contributions for Camp Haiastan. [more...]

October 23, 2014 // 2 Comments

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AYF Olympics: Coaches’ Comments

This section is a compilation of quotes from some of the coaches involved in this year’s Olympics. Detroit chapter This year’s winning Detroit chapter was coached by a team of several alumni. One of the new Olympic Kings, Alex Sarafian, shared his thoughts on the Games this year: “I was not [more...]

October 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

Charlie Krikorian and Maro Garabedian Dionisopoulos

Maro from Providence: The Kheyma Party and Then Some

By Harry Derderian Maro from Providence. Not much more needs to be said than this, as countless members of the AYF family know who you are referring to, and respond with a smile. No one from the Land of the Green Machine–or elsewhere, for that matter—carries as much of a flame for the AYF than [more...]

October 10, 2014 // 1 Comment

The 2014 Kings and the 1975 Queen

An Interview with Olympic King Steve Panosian

Steve Panosian was named a King at the Detroit Olympics. Unless you are of a certain age, the name might not be familiar. Even in Detroit he is not known by the current AYF generation. (He has not lived in Detroit for more than 25 years.) His 35 points do not get him on the high scorer’s list in [more...]

October 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

Detroit luminaries (L-R) Sue (Merian) Arzoian, Violet Gavoor, and Nancy Gavoor have kept the AYF spirit embedded in their hearts.

Sue Merian: Pioneer of AYF Women’s Track

RENO, Nev.—At a time when women’s athletics was not considered fashionable, Sue (Merian) Arzoian created inroads. Detroit luminaries (L-R) Sue (Merian) Arzoian, Violet Gavoor, and Nancy Gavoor have kept the AYF spirit embedded in their hearts. Over a star-studded career that encompassed all of [more...]

October 6, 2014 // 1 Comment

Sonny Gavoor and Ken Sarajian

Sarajian: The Last Lion

By Ken Sarajian It was a simple conversation at the Olympic Ball in Philadelphia a few years ago, between two coaches talking coaching and kids. Aram “Sonny” Gavoor had seen my daughter compete in her first Olympics and had noticed a few things that he wanted to share with me, so that I could [more...]

October 6, 2014 // 1 Comment

Peter Crane and Sonny Gavoor

Not Quite an Angel over the Olympics

This article, as in the past few years, is dedicated to Angel Perethian and modeled after her long-running contribution, “Angel over the Olympics,” to the Armenian Weekly’s Olympic edition. Tommy Vartabedian and I always talk about her and how much people loved her Olympic articles. Tommy [more...]

October 3, 2014 // 1 Comment

(L-R) Nikki, mom Armine, and Alyssa Kanis

Three Generations of AYF Tennis Medals

By Harry Derderian It is not unusual to see children follow their parents into AYF Olympic competition. There are many such stories, and the pride of family that goes with that is genuine and memorable. Where it gets really great is when we see three generations participating and each generation [more...]

October 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

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