Nikou Family Field Celebrated at Sierra Canyon School

Cyrus and Maryam Nikou Cut Ribbon During Dec. 21 Field Grand Re-Opening 

LOS ANGELES, CA – When Atar Capital Founder and CEO Cyrus Nikou and his wife Maryam see an opportunity to contribute to causes close to their hearts, they jump at the chance. The latest example of the couple’s generosity was witnessed at a Dec. 21, 2023 ribbon cutting at Sierra Canyon School, where the Lower School celebrated the grand re-opening of the newly refurbished Nikou Family Field. 

“The word ‘philanthropy’ comes from two Greek words – philein, meaning to love, and anthropos, meaning humankind,” said Jim Skrumbis, Head of School, Sierra Canyon School. “The generosity of the Nikou family will have a lasting impact on our community, providing a space for our students to play, learn and thrive for generations to come.” 

The Nikou family’s donation helped to refurbish one of the school’s primary sports fields which will enjoyed by Pre-K-12th Grade students. The ribbon-cutting event also included the grand opening of the Lower School’s new state-of-the-art Multipurpose Gymnasium.    

“There was an opportunity to contribute in a very meaningful way at the school and we took the opportunity to impact the school’s community for generations to come,” said Cyrus Nikou, a member of the Board of Trustees since 2021. 

Sierra Canyon School is a private, independent, non-sectarian, co-educational, college preparatory school for students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12 located in Chatsworth, California.  

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