Hispanic Heritage Month Observed Through Major League Athletes

Arlene Borja, Staff Writer

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Soccer: Marta Vieira da Silva

Marta Vieira da Silva known as Marta is a Brazilian soccer player. She plays for the Orlando Pride in the National Women’s soccer league. She is 32 years old and was born on Feb 19, 1986.

Basketball: Marc Gasol

Another Hispanic player would be Marc Gasol. He is a Spanish professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association. He was born on Jan 29, 1985, he is now 33 years old. He has also won two Olympic silver medals, a FIBA Basketball World Cup.

Football: Rigoberto Sanchez

Sanchez plays for the Indianapolis Colts who are doing so great this season but they’re still going on. Rigoberto’s parents were born in Mexico and he was born here which makes him Mexican-American. He normally played soccer at a young age. Once he entered high school, he decided to switch up the sport and instead joined football. He attended college in Hawaii and that’s when the Colts discovered him and signed him.

Baseball: Felix Pena

Pena plays for Los Angeles Angels. His position is as a pitcher, he is from the Dominican Republic. He also played for the Chicago Cubs in 2016 the Cubs made it to playoffs.  He was not able to play, but his name was still added to the 40 man roster.