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Latina Gymnast Laurie Hernandez Becomes Team USA Standout Athlete



Today Laurie Hernandez is  shining bright at the 2016 Rio Olympics competing for Team USA. In a little over a year she has become a household name and a force to be reckoned with this summer.

The 16-year-old from Puerto Rico is playing a key role in leading the team closer to the dream of repeating the 2012 gold medal.

On Sunday night, she scored 14.800 in the all-around (third among U.S. women), 15.200 in the vault (third) and 15.366 on the balance beam (second).

The 5-foot Hernandez is one of a very small number of U.S.-born Hispanics to make the USA Olympics gymnastics team, and the first in 12 years. Tracee Talavera, who is of Mexican-American descent, competed at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, and Cuban American Annia Hatch competed in 2004.


While Hernandez may be young and known by nicknames like “The Human Emoji” and “Baby Shakira,” she understands the weight of her accomplishment and what it means for U.S. Hispanics, and more specifically, Puerto Ricans.

“I am so proud of my heritage,” she told Fox News Latino recently. “I think it’s amazing that I can just go out there and be myself and the fact that I’m carrying Puerto Rico on my back a little bit, I think that’s an honor.”

Read more on Laurie Hernandez’s time at the 2016 Rio Olympics Here

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Ford Copita Alianza, Largest US Hispanic Youth Soccer Tournament Returns To NYC



Ford Copita Alianza is back for its 13th season with more than 800 teams

This weekend, Ford Copita Alianza held the biggest and most prestigious Hispanic youth soccer tournament in the United States at Randall’s Island Park in New York City. We were invited by the Ford Latino Team to experience the immersive and interactive Ford Zone and we absolutely loved the energy!

This year the tournament returned with more players and teams than ever as part of the 2022 Alianza de Futbol tour. More than 14,000 players from over 800 teams will participate in the U7, U9, U11, U13, U15, Girls U16 U17 and U19 age categories. This weekend the tournament had a record turnout of over 3,000 youth players and 15,000 fans!

Throughout the year, the competitions will take place in 10 cities across the country: Phoenix, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin and El Paso.

The champions from the U13-U19 categories will earn a spot in the Ford Copita Alianza National Finals to be held in Phoenix later this year. The Ford Copita Alianza National Champions (U13, U15, U16 Girls and U17) will earn a spot in the Dallas Cup 2023, the most competitive international tournament in North America. 

“Ford Copita Alianza has established itself as the best and most prestigious Hispanic youth tournament in the country”, as mentioned by Brad Rothenberg, Executive Vice President of For Soccer Ventures, owner of Alianza de Futbol. “In 2022 we will continue with our commitment and support of the Hispanic community by providing unique opportunities in soccer development among the youngest players”. 

Ford is one of the National Sponsors of the 2022 Alianza de Futbol tour.

For more information visit:


  • Phoenix: May 28-29
  • Dallas: June 18-19
  • Denver: June 25-26
  • Houston: July 9-10
  • Chicago: July 16-17
  • New York: August 6-7
  • Los Angeles: August 20-21
  • San Jose: August 27-28
  • El Paso: September 10-11
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Canelo Álvarez and Julio César Chávez Jr. Breaking Down Border Walls In New Ad



Absolutely NO WALL, in NO WAY, and NO HOW is stopping Canelo Álvares and Julio César Chávez Jr.’s longingly awaited May 6th clash at the all-new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. A recently released Ad, which shows both fighters plowing through a border wall on the way to their Las Vegas showdown sends a strong message about to those still claiming the construction of that wall. Two of Mexico’s great Boxing Pros literally break-through those barriers as they get set to perform in American soil this May 6th. Check out the Official Commercial Below:

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Salma Hayek Sends Encouraging Words To Cousin Participating In The Olympics



Salma Hayek is sending some positive vibes to her cousin that will compete at the summer Olympic games in Rio this week.

The Mexican-born actress sent her cousin Yvonne Treniño Hayek a short message on Instagram on Sunday.


“I’m excited to see my cousin, Yvonne Treviño Hayek, (who I haven’t had the pleasure to meet yet) to compete representing Mexico for the long jump at the Olympics next week,” she wrote in the caption. “Viva Las Hayeks!!”

Treviño Hayek is the first woman competing in the long jump event for Mexico in 48 years, Hola! magazine reported. She currently holds the Mexican long jump record at 6.70 meters.

“It’s important for people to know that this road isn’t full of victories. This road needs character. There are times where you get lost, you get hurt, times that things don’t turn out as you hoped for…that’s how life is, and it’s the same for the life of an athlete. They’re learning experiences that are very important and shape you so that you can face any challenge,” she told the magazine.

Olympic sports seem to run in the family.

The “Frida” actress told the New Zealand Herald in 2012 that she was drafted to be part of the Mexican gymnastics team.

“But I was eight or nine and my father said no because I would have had to go live in Mexico City in a boarding school for gymnasts, do six hours, eight hours a day of training, which for me was like paradise,” she said.

However, it all worked out as she went on to become an Oscar-nominated actress.



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