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Texans honor Carlos Valdez, Jr. through NFL Hispanic Heritage Awards

The Houston Texans have selected Carlos Valdez, Jr., Owner and CEO of Las Palapas Hausman and longtime volunteer and former board chair for the YMCA of Greater Houston, as the recipient of the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award.

The NFL and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) have partnered for the eighth annual NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards during the 2018 celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The awards recognize the contributions of Hispanic leaders in each NFL market.

The Houston Texans will honor Carlos Valdez, Jr. at their game on Sunday, Oct. 14 when the team faces the Buffalo Bills.

Mr. Valdez has been a volunteer with the YMCA of Greater Houston for more than 30 years having served on the Executive Committee, the Human Resources Committee, the Education Committee and five years as a Youth Sports Coach. As part of the award, a $10,000 donation will be made from the NFL Foundation and the Houston Texans in his name to the YMCA teen leadership programs. On Oct. 9, Valdez and the Texans will honor teens who participate in these programs for the volunteer work they do to make Houston a better place and will present a check to support their programming.

About the Hispanic Heritage Foundation

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation – a nonprofit established by the White House in 1987 – inspires, prepares, and connects minority leaders in the classroom, community, and workforce to meet America's priorities. HHF also promotes cultural pride, accomplishment, and the great promise of the community through public awareness campaigns seen by millions. HHF is headquartered in Washington, DC, and Los Angeles with satellite workspaces in New York, Silicon Valley, San Antonio, and Miami (Visit

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