NFL, Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Nationwide, Team for Seventh Annual NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards Presented by Nationwide

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#feeltheorgullo–The National Football League and its teams will celebrate Hispanic
Heritage Month with a series of special events during Hispanic Heritage

The NFL, Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) and Nationwide, official
sponsor of the NFL, have partnered for the seventh annual NFL Hispanic
Heritage Leadership Awards. The awards recognize the contributions of
Hispanic leaders in each NFL market.

Each award recipient will be recognized at a game or event in their
local NFL market. With support from Nationwide, each recipient will
select an organization of their choice that serves the local Hispanic
community to receive a $2,000 donation.

Nationwide’s partnership with the NFL and support of the Hispanic
Heritage Leadership Awards is the latest in a series of rich and
authentic relationships with the Hispanic community. The Columbus-based
insurance and financial services company already has partnerships with
Latina Style, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the
Association of Latino Professionals For America, and Prospanica.
Nationwide also provides resources, support and service to Hispanic
consumers and business owners across the country. The sponsorship of the
Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards aligns with Nationwide’s goal of
partnering with organizations that share the company’s values of
improving the lives of others and giving back to the community.

“We are excited to partner with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and
Nationwide to celebrate the contributions of 32 individuals who are
making an impact in their communities,” said Jaime Weston, NFL Senior
Vice President of Marketing. “Each recipient is a role model and local
hero. We appreciate the time and dedication each leader has devoted to
making a difference.”

“We are thrilled to partner with the NFL and Nationwide to honor
Hispanic leaders who are making an impact on communities all over
America,” said Jose Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO of Hispanic
Heritage Foundation. “It is important to highlight their leadership not
only in the traditional Latino regions, but in recent-growing areas as
well. Together with the NFL and Nationwide, we made sure that beyond the
recognition there is an investment in local nonprofits. There is no
better way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month than to make a
difference in the Latino community year round.”

“Nationwide is excited to be partnering with the Hispanic Heritage
Foundation and the National Football League to present this year’s
Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards,” said Mike Boyd, Senior
Vice-President of Marketing at Nationwide. “Nationwide takes pride in
working with groups who share our values of improving the lives of
others and giving back to the community. We look forward to recognizing
the charitable efforts of Hispanic leaders in all 32 NFL markets during
Hispanic Heritage Month.”

The theme of this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month recognition is “Feel
the Orgullo.” In Spanish, the word “orgullo” means pride. Latino
players, fans, and coaches have a strong sense of pride not only in
their culture but in their team and the NFL. During Hispanic Heritage
Month, the NFL and its 32 teams will amplify the rich history, heritage
and tradition of Latinos, and honor the positive impact they have had on
the game and country.

Throughout Hispanic Heritage Month, fans can visit
for a look at the personal stories of Hispanic players, past and
present, who have left a lasting legacy on the NFL. NFL teams will
enhance the celebration with local efforts throughout the month
including local community outreach in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

The 2017 NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards recipients are:

Arizona Cardinals     Catherine Miranda: Senator, Representing Arizona’s 27th
Atlanta Falcons     Belisa Urbina: Founder & Executive Director, Ser Familia
Baltimore Ravens     Jorge Castillo: President, Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Buffalo Bills     Eunice Lewin: President, Impacto Consulting
Carolina Panthers     Rusty Price: President, Camino Community Center
Chicago Bears     Sylvia Puente: Executive Director, Latino Policy Forum
Cincinnati Bengals     Reuben Shaffer: Former Chief Diversity Officer, The Kroger Co.
Cleveland Browns     Pablo Ros: Chairman, Department of Radiology, UH Cleveland Medical
Center; Professor, Radiology, CWRU School of Medicine;
Radiologist-in-Chief, University Hospitals
Dallas Cowboys     Fernando J. Andrade, AIA: President & CEO, GSR Andrade Architects,
Denver Broncos     Andrés Chaparro: President and General Manager, Telemundo 25 Denver
Detroit Lions     Rico Razo: Campaign Manager for Mayor Duggan of Detroit
Green Bay Packers     Karen Menendez-Coller: Executive Director, Centro Hispano
Houston Texans     Tony Canales: President and General Manager, Telemundo 47 Houston
Indianapolis Colts     Marlene Dotson: President and CEO, Indiana Latino Institute;
Founder, Latino Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
Jacksonville Jaguars     Maira Martelo: Community Mobilization Director, Jacksonville Public
Education Fund
Kansas City Chiefs     Pedro Zamora: Executive Director, Hispanic Economic Development
Los Angeles Chargers     Cynthia Telles: Associate Clinical Professor, UCLA School of
Medicine; Member, Board of Directors, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals
Los Angeles Rams     Fidel Vargas: CEO, Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Miami Dolphins     Cesar Conde: Chairman, NBCUniversal International Group and
NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises
Minnesota Vikings     Eloisa Echavez: Executive Director, La Oportunidad, Inc.
New England Patriots     Yvonne Garcia: Chair, Board of Directors,Association of Latino
Professionals for America; Senior Vice President, Investment Manager
Services, State Street Corporation
New Orleans Saints     Peggy Mendoza: Vice President & Executive Director, City Year New
New York Giants     Awilda Diaz-Cruz: Breast Cancer Survivor and Advocate
New York Jets     Elsa Candelario: Executive Director, Hispanic Family Center of
Southern New Jersey
Oakland Raiders     Jacqueline Martinez Garcel: CEO, Latino Community Foundation
Philadelphia Eagles     Myrna Soto: Senior Vice President, Global Chief Information Security
Officer, The Comcast Corporation
Pittsburgh Steelers     Carmen Malloy: Customer Relations Specialist, People’s Gas;
President, Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
San Francisco 49ers     Darrell Cortez: Founder/Executive Director, Shop with a Cop
Foundation of Silicon Valley
Seattle Seahawks     Lourdes E. Alvarado Ramos: Director, Washington State Department of
Veterans Affairs
Tampa Bay Buccaneers     Jennifer Whelihan: Economic Development Manager, Hillsborough County
Tennessee Titans     Juan Canedo: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Meharry-Vanderbilt
Washington Redskins     Maria Fernanda Borja: President & CEO, Latino Student Fund

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About the Hispanic Heritage Foundation:

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation – a nonprofit established by the White
House in 1987 – inspires, prepares, and connects minority leaders in the
classroom, community, and workforce to meet America’s priorities. HHF
also promotes cultural pride, accomplishment, and the great promise of
the community through public awareness campaigns seen by millions. HHF
is headquartered in Washington, DC, and Los Angeles with satellite
workspaces in New York, Silicon Valley, San Antonio, and Miami (Visit

About Nationwide:

Nationwide, a Fortune 100 company based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the
largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services
organizations in the U.S. and is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard
& Poor’s. The company provides a full range of insurance and financial
services, including auto, commercial, homeowners, farm and life
insurance; public and private sector retirement plans, annuities and
mutual funds; banking and mortgages; excess & surplus, specialty and
surety; pet, motorcycle and boat insurance. For more information, visit


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