The New York Jets today announced details of Hispanic Heritage Day, which will be celebrated at Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium.
The day is part of the NFL-wide celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15-Oct. 15. When the Jets kick off against the Jaguars at 1 p.m., they will be wearing the blue and gold New York Titans uniforms, the franchise's original name and colors from 1960-62. Jets Hispanic Heritage Day is presented by El Diario / La Prensa, *JetBlue Airways, *MasterCard and Univision Radio.
At the game the Jets will celebrate Hispanic heritage with a variety of cultural entertainment, performances and activities that reflects the vibrant diversity of New York's Latino population, the second largest in the country. The team has selected Ricardo Fernández as the recipient of the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award, a recognition made possible through the support of Bud Light. Fernández is the president of Lehman College, now in his 22nd year at the helm. He is the longest-serving of the 23 current CUNY presidents and a long-time leader and advocate in his community.
The NFL and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) have partnered to launch the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards presented by Bud Light during the 2011 celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The awards recognize the contributions of Hispanic leaders in each NFL market.
Hispanic Heritage Day will feature the National Anthem performed by Prince Royce, New York native and Latin Grammy award nominee. A singer, composer and actor in both Spanish and English, Royce's self-titled debut album has been certified double platinum and it features Royce's first single, a bilingual and bachata cover of the classic and timeless 1961 Ben E. King song "Stand By Me."
At halftime, one fan who wins the field goal kicking contest will win a trip for two to the 2011 Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas in November.
Pregame, outside the Pepsi Gate, fans can enjoy a cultural celebration from Univision Radio starting with performances from Colombian and Salvadoran folklorico dancers as well as a Peruvian dance group. A traditional Colombian party bus, "La Rumberita," will be parked outside the West Great Hall gate while cigar roller Eduardo Lara from "Cigarevents.com" will demonstrate his talents every five minutes from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
WADO 1280AM, X96.3FM and La Que Buena 92.7FM — all Univision Radio stations — will be broadcasting from the plaza and giving away prizes. Special guest El Bacan Bacan from X96.3 FM will host.
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