The San Diego Chargers has selected San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer Ruben Barrales as the recipient of the National Football League's Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award.
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.
Barrales also currently sits on the board of directors for the Public Policy Institute of California.
The award recognizes the contributions of Hispanic leaders in each NFL market. The Chargers will honor Barrales on Sept. 25 at the team's Hispanic Heritage game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
With the award, Bud Light will donate $2,000 to a local Hispanic community organization of Barrales' choosing.
Barrales has chosen the Neighborhood House Association to receive this donation. The Neighborhood House Association is San Diego’s largest multipurpose human services agency, providing employment, health care, child, family and senior services.
Barrales has previously served as president and CEO of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network in San Jose, Calif. He has also served as deputy assistant to former President George W. Bush and as director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. In 1992, he became the first the first Hispanic elected to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors.
"Bud Light is recognizing 32 great leaders in each of the 32 NFL cities with this award," said Margarita Flores, vice president of community affairs for Anheuser-Busch. "We applaud all the recipients for their work in making a difference in and improving their local communities."
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