The Kansas City Chiefs announced today that David Chavez has been named the local recipient of the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award. This award recognizes the contributions of Hispanic leaders in each NFL market. This is the fourth year that the NFL and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) have partnered with the Chiefs in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt will honor Chavez on behalf of the entire organization during pregame festivities on Monday, Sept. 29, at the club's Hispanic Heritage game prior to hosting the New England Patriots on ESPN's Monday Night Football.
"It's an honor to receive this recognition from a historic institution such as the Kansas City Chiefs," Chavez said. "I commend the Chiefs for their celebration of Latino contributions to the community by annually presenting this award during National Hispanic Heritage Month."
Chavez was born in Topeka, Kan., and graduated from Washburn University with a degree in communications. A visionary behind LatinPointe, Inc., Chavez has created a company that is dedicated to advancing the Hispanic community, bringing positive Latino images to life, and sharing with the broader community all the attributes and strengths of America's largest minority group. The organization focuses on facilitating corporate participation and support to important, unique community programs.
Prior to LatinPointe, Chavez worked in Washington, D.C. as a member of the senior staff of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the nation's largest Hispanic civil rights group.
Chavez has contributed to the National Conference, the ABC Network Television Special ALMA Awards and other chief Hispanic events for over 13 years, as both director of marketing and later as the director of strategic alliances. His pioneering work has helped create the benchmark for Latino outreach initiatives around the country. Chavez is also the Executive Producer of the ALMA Awards. With support from the NFL Foundation, a $2,000 donation will be made to an organization supporting the local Hispanic community in each award winner's market. This year, the Greater Kansas City Hispanic Development Fund Scholarship Program will receive the grant from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation in Chavez's honor.
Previously, Juan Sepúlveda (2013), Ramón Murguía (2012) and CiCi Rojas (2011) have been recognized as the Chiefs local NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award winners.