‘Campeones de la Comunidad’ planned for Eleven’s Hispanic Heritage Night
INDIANAPOLIS — All the details of the Indy Eleven’s third-annual Hispanic Heritage Night on Oct. 14 — when the club hosts Miami FC — are set, the team announced Monday.
“Indy Eleven is proud to continue fostering our relationship with the Hispanic community in Indianapolis,” Eleven community relations manager Bianca Velez said in a press release. “A growing segment of an already massive part of our fanbase, we are thrilled to be able to represent over five different countries this weekend as we celebrate the sport that has brought us together in Indianapolis.”
With Indy and Miami kicking off at 3 p.m., pregame activities will start at 1:30 with performances by the Peruvian Association and Ballet Folklorico Mosaicos. La Pantera, Radio Latina and Exitos will also be on hand in the Honda Fun Zone.
Additionally, the club will recognize 11 “Campeones de la Comunidad” at halftime — 11 members of the local Hispanic community who have made a massive impact in the city:
Gloria Jimenez, Indiana Latino Institute director of fund development & community engagement
Pavel Polanco-Safadit, Earlham College director of jazz; Amigos Latino Center executive director
Rafael Sanchez, RTV6 anchor
Gustavo Ochoa, Casillero Deportivo founder and reporter
Selene Hernandez Buquer, Eli Lilly Company senior scientist
Jhani Laupus, Indiana Partners of the Americas youth ambassador exchange
Rafael Sanchez, Indianapolis Power & Light Company president
Edwin Arellano, IUPUI faculty
Morella Dominguez, Shalom Health Care Center community relations/marketing director
Maria Luisa Jimenez, IU Health education
Maryori Duarte-Sheffield, Marion County Public Health Department health educator
Indy central midfielder Gerardo Torrado, who’s retiring at season’s end, will also be honored with a brief ceremony on the pitch before kickoff. The team is offering a special “Gerardo Torrado 4-Pack Special” for the occasion, consisting of four game tickets, four autographed Torrado posters and access to a post-match meet-and-greet with the former Cruz Azul mainstay.
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