Hispanic Heritage Foundation Names Its First Honorees
NFL Tight End Tony González and Sister Norma Pimentel are set to be honored by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation at their annual awards ceremony. González, a former Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons All-Pro tight end, is a commentator for Fox Sports, the author of two books, and an entrepreneur, developing multimedia programs that celebrate and advocate sports for children in an educational format. The UC Berkeley graduate’s philanthropic endeavors include a partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs; Shadow Buddies, an organization that provides emotional support through education regarding illness, disability, or medical treatments; as well as being named an ambassador for Scholars’ Hope, working with underserved children, among others. Sister Pimentel, who has been at the center of the refugee-family humanitarian crisis at the Texas border with Mexico and nationally, will receive the Hispanic Heritage Award for Service. Sister Pimentel is the Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley and an advocate for immigrants and refugees. Pope Francis publicly recognized and thanked Sister Pimentel for her work with immigrants, and she was recognized as one of the 2015 Catholics of the Year. The Awards -- which were created by the White House in 1988 to commemorate the establishment of Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States -- are among the highest honors by Latinos for Latinos, and supported by 40 national Hispanic-serving institutions that co-host the program. The 31st Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards will take place on September 12th at the John F. Kennedy Center. More here.