National Hispanic Heritage Month is a month-long celebration that takes place every year from September 15 to October 15. During this time, Hispanic Americans are recognized for their significant contributions to society. Many athletes with Hispanic descent loom large as figures who particularly deserve recognition. The top sports speakers for Hispanic Heritage Month are the most iconic names of this group and they make great guests for a host of in-person and virtual events.
Laurie Hernandez is the first U.S.-born Latina to be selected for the U.S. Olympic team since 1984. She is a second-generation American whose grandparents are from Puerto Rico. Following her return from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio with the gold and silver medals, Laurie Hernandez went on to win the coveted mirror ball trophy on Dancing with the Stars and publish two books. Her book I Got This: To Gold and Beyond was published in 2017 and her children’s picture book, She's Got This, was published in 2018. Both were top sellers on the New York Times list. She is also a passionate supporter of the importance of mental health and has collaborated with numerous campaigns and projects to promote awareness.
Iván Rodríguez was a former Major League Baseball catcher. Rodríguez began his professional career when he signed a deal with the Texas Rangers at the age of 16. He made his major league debut with the Texas Rangers on June 20, 1991, at the age of 19, becoming the season's youngest catcher in a major league game. Rodríguez was the youngest player in Texas Rangers history to hit a home run. Up until 2002, Rodriguez was a member of the Rangers. Later, he played for the Washington Nationals, Houston Astros, Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers, and New York Yankees. He is a 14x All-Star, 13x Golden Glove Award winner, and 7x Silver Slugger Award winner, AL MVP, NLCS MVP, and World Series Champion.
Tony Gonzalez is a former tight end in the National Football League. At Berkeley College at the University of California, he started his playing career. He was named an All-American and Pac-10 All-Star while playing football with the Golden Bears. Gonzalez announced his intention to enter the draft, and the Kansas City Chiefs selected him with the 13th overall pick in the 1997 NFL Draft. Throughout his career, Gonzalez set and still holds the record for the most touchdown receptions and total reception yards by a tight end. He was chosen for the Pro Bowl 14 times, which is a record-tying number of times for a player. In addition, Gonzalez is a ten-time All-Pro, the all-time receptions leader in the Pro Bowl, a two-time NFL Alumni Tight End of the Year, and the first tight end to ever catch 1,000 passes.
The Cincinnati Bengals selected Anthony Muñoz in the first round of the 1980 NFL Draft. The third choice in the draft was an offensive lineman. Over of the following thirteen years, Muñoz would be chosen for the Pro Bowl eleven times in a row, join the 80s All-Decade team, and be named to the 75th anniversary All-NFL team. Anthony Muñoz also participated in two Super Bowls and won the Offensive Lineman of the Year award eight times in total. He was admitted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998. Muñoz currently spends all of his time helping his community. He has become a top Hispanic Heritage Month speaker by delivering speeches to both Christian and secular groups across the nation.
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