For Immediate Release: September 23, 2011
Contact: Mary Trupo (202) 482-3809
Tampa Native Francisco SÁnchez to Recieve NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award
Senior-Level Obama Official Recognized for Community Involvement
WASHINGTON – Francisco Sánchez, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, has been selected by his hometown Tampa Bay Buccaneers to receive the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award. The Buccaneers will honor Sánchez during its September 25 game with the Atlanta Falcons.
The NFL and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation have partnered to launch the award during the 2011 celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The award recognizes the contributions of Hispanic leaders in each of the NFL’s 32 markets.
“I am extremely proud and honored to receive this award from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, the NFL, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers,” Sanchez said. “The Tampa community has always been important to me and my family.”
Sánchez was appointed by President Obama to serve as Under Secretary for International Trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce. As a senior policy advisor to President Obama during the 2008 campaign, Sánchez served as the Chairman of the National Hispanic Leadership Council and also provided policy support on issues pertaining to Latin America. During the Clinton administration, he served as the Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Involved in the Tampa community, Sánchez has been inducted into National Boys and Girls Club Hall of Fame and recognized as a leader in the community by the National Points of Light Foundation, an organization started by President George H. W. Bush. He has also been named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business Magazine and also one of the top Hispanics nationwide by Poder Magazine.
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