Razorback Athletics to celebrate Natinal Hispanic Heritage Month
9/15/2011 9:05 AM
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Razorback Athletics will help celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with a number of initiatives designed to highlight the contributions and achievements of those in the Hispanic community at the University of Arkansas.
“We are excited to be a part of the celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. “I know our fans will enjoy hearing more about those who have brought positive recognition to the University of Arkansas and to the Razorback program. The numerous ethnicities and backgrounds of our coaches, staff and more than 460 Razorback student-athletes, reflect the diversity of our University and our state. We are proud to represent Arkansans and all those in the Razorback Nation.”
Each week, throughout National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15), ArkansasRazorbacks.com will feature the stories of Hispanic Razorback coaches and student-athletes who are succeeding on and off the field. The first story featuring Arkansas head volleyball coach Robert Pulliza will appear on the website on Tuesday, Sept. 20.
Also as part of the month-long celebration, Razorback Athletics will be hosting Hispanic Heritage Day on Sunday, Sept. 25 as the University of Arkansas women’s soccer team takes on the Mississippi State Bulldogs at 1 p.m. at Razorback Field.
The match co-sponsored by La Zona Deportiva, will feature a photo area for kids to get their pictures with Big Red and the other Razorback mascots. The match will also feature both an English speaking and Spanish speaking public address announcer who will describe the action for fans. Spanish themed music will also be played throughout the match.
In addition, the first 200 fans to the match will receive Arkansas Razorback water bottles and face stickers.
National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated in recognition of the historical and cultural contributions of Hispanic Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, The Caribbean and Central and South America. This national observance was first established in 1968 when Congress authorized the president to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week each year. In 1988, Congress extended the observance from a week to a month. The annual observance is now a 31-day period beginning on September 15 and ending on October 15.
For more information on National Hispanic Heritage Month visit HispanicHeritageMonth.gov.
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