SAN DIEGO-The San Diego Chargers have selected Fanny Miller, president and CEO of El Latino Newspaper, as the recipient of the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award.
The NFL and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) have partnered for the fifth annual NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards during the 2015 celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The awards recognize the contributions of Hispanic leaders in each NFL market. The Chargers honored Miller on Oct. 4 at their Hispanic Heritage game when they faced off against the Cleveland Browns.
The Chargers needed a field goal by placekicker Josh Lambo at the end of the game to seal a 30-27 win against the Browns at Qualcomm Stadium. With the month of October recognized as Hispanic Heritage Month, the Chargers and the San Diego and NFL community have been out front and center in showing their respects.
Besides honoring Miller, San Diego lined up a halftime performance during the Chargers-Browns game that featured performances by Mariachi Real de San Diego and Ballet Xochitl, a traditional ballet folklorico group. Mariachi Real has performed for two Super Bowls, the World Series, the All-Star Game and countless festivals and special events for international corporations and dignitaries.
The game’s national anthem was performed by Mexican American singer and former member of the musical group Kumbia Kings Frankie J.,while California Cadets from Calipatria High School present the colors. With all the other festivities going on, this was truly a big day for Miller to be formally recognized by the Chargers and the NFL.
Miller is president/CEO and editor of El Latino Newspaper, the No. 1 Hispanic newspaper in San Diego and the largest Hispanicwoman owned Spanish-language newspaper in California. El Latino-San Diego creates an unforgettable event for Latinas, a day to be pampered, informed and empowered at Celebrando, the largest Latina Conference in Spanish nationwide. Miller founded El Latino in 1988 to serve the news and information needs of the San Diego Hispanic Community. El Latino has more than 186,000 weekly readers.
Under her leadership, El Latino expanded its editorial coverage and grew circulation through all of San Diego County. El Latino is a trusted brand that seeks to contribute to the success and well-being of Hispanics in San Diego County. She has been recognized numerous times by the community and national organizations for her achievement in Hispanic publishing and business.
As part of her selection as this year’s Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award winner, a $2,000 donation will be made to the charity of Miller’s choice in her name – and she has selected WeSupportU, a local cancer support organization. The goal of WeSupportU is to improve cancer prevention, screening and survival among underserved, low-income communities and to be the comprehensive link between healthcare providers, cancer patients and their families.