Teams to honor Hispanic Heritage Month this week

NFL teams will host community events and gameday celebrations throughout Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15). This week, the Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs will celebrate the month.

The Falcons will host CrossRoads Academy, a school with a large Hispanic participation, at their home game Sunday. The students will spend the day with the Falcons Fitness Flag Crew and the Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders. During pregame player introductions, the group will help unfurl a 40-by-40 yard long Falcons flag on the field. Additionally, the Latin American Association, Judia Jackson Harris Elementary School and Russell Elementary School will receive tickets to the game. Finally, Latin teen pop singer Tyna Q. of Alpharetta will sing the National Anthem, and the Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders will perform special routines to a mix of Latin hits. On Tuesday, Sept. 29, the team will continue its celebration with a visit to Kanohdea Elementary School, where players will hold a youth clinic and cheerleaders will teach a short routine.

Before Green Bay’s game against Cincinnati, former Packers kicker Eddie Garcia will participate in the Ambassador Line on the field during pregame player introductions. At the Packers Tundra Tailgate Zone located in the parking lot, a fiesta will be thrown complete with Hispanic food. Banners located inside the stadium and the GameDay program will also recognize Hispanic Heritage Month.

Members of the Chiefs will host a special Fútbol Americano clinic this week for 50 children from the Guadalupe Center, a facility designed to improve the quality of life for individuals in the Latino community. During the preseason, the team invited the kids to attend a Chiefs game and tour the field during pregame warm-ups. After experiencing the game of football as spectators, these youngsters will have an opportunity to hone their football skills under the direction of Chiefs players, including QB Matt Gutierrez and RB Jackie Battle, at the Chiefs Training Facility.

The NFL’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month will culminate in a series of special events surrounding the New York Jets at Miami Dolphins Monday Night Football game on Oct. 12 (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN and ESPN Deportes).

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