The Houston Texans Campeón de la Comunidad Award presented by Miller Lite honors an outstanding leader in the Latino community who is making a positive impact on the city of Houston through service and dedication to a local nonprofit. The winner will receive a $20,000 grant in their honor to the nonprofit of their choice. Two runners up will each receive donations in their name of $2,500 each.
2020 Nominations are now closed.
2019 Campeón de la Comunidad Award
On September 25, the Texans and Miller Lite hosted a reception in the Champions Club at NRG Stadium to recognize the winner of the 2019Campeón de la Comunidad Award, Sonia Corrales, Chief Program Officer, Houston Area Women's Center. Two finalists, Andy Canales, Executive Director of Latinos for Education, and Claudia Aguirre, President and CEO, BakerRipley, were also recognized for their work in the community.
The Houston Area Women's Center received a $20,000 grant in honor of Ms. Corrales's leadership and commitment to the community. Ms. Corrales was recognized in an on-field ceremony during the Texans versus Panthers game on September 29 with Texans President Jamey Rootes and MillerCoors General Manager Mike Lowe. Sonia was also the 2019 Houston Texans recipient of the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award and an additional $2,000 grant was made in her name to the Houston Area Women's Center.
On October 15, the Texans and Miller Lite visited the Houston Area Women's Center for a special community event in Sonia's honor. HAWC staff and residents received gifts and prizes from Miller Lite and the Houston Texans as well as a visit from Texans Player Buddy Howell, Houston Texans Cheerleaders and TORO. They ate ice cream took photos and played games to celebrate Sonia and the $20,000 grant. HAWC shelter staff even received a special surprise Miller Lite and the Houston Texans – a year's supply of coffee!
In order to recognize the 2019 Campeón de la Comunidad finalists, a donation of $2,500 was also awarded to Latinos for Education in honor Mr. Canales and to BakerRipley in honor of Ms. Aguirre from the Texans and Miller Lite.
Chief Program Officer, Houston Area Women's Center
Sonia Corrales has dedicated her life to anti-violence work. As a leading expert in our community, she has received numerous awards and honors. Sonia possesses a never-give-up attitude, standing up and being a strong voice for survivors during her 27-year career at HAWC. She is a wife and a mother of two daughters. A beloved leader, she mentors countless staff, particularly Hispanic women, and shows that accomplishing professional aspirations are possible. Sonia started her professional journey in the trenches as an advocate, so her awareness and compassion are inspiring.
Executive Director, Latinos for Education
Andy Canales is the Greater Houston Executive Director at Latinos for Education, an education non-profit organization focused on developing and placing Latino talent in the education sector. In this role, Andy works with a wide range of nonprofits to increase Latino leadership in their organizations. In just one year, Andy worked with a number of community leaders and nonprofit organizations to launch two Latino leadership programs focused on training Latino leaders to serve on education nonprofit boards and advance into senior education roles.
President & CEO, BakerRipley
As President and CEO of BakerRipley, Claudia Aguirre leads an internationally renowned community development organization that has transformed neighborhoods for 112 years. As one of the largest nonprofits in the country, BakerRipley serves 600,000 people specializing in immigration, education, workforce development, community engagement, and health and wellness programs. Claudia leads a team of 1,600 staff at 67 locations across the Houston region. Her experience of immigrating from Mexico at the age of eight helped her to pursue her dreams and ignited a passion to help others pursue theirs.
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Alex Lopez Negrete
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Former President & CEO, AVANCE, Inc.
Dr. Laura Murillo
President & CEO, Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
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