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These Latinos Are Helping To Make The 2019 Super Bowl The Greatest Possible For Latino Fans

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The countdown to the 2019 Super Bowl is on. With just a couple days away until the championship, we wanted to recognize the Latinos in front and behind the scenes who are helping to bring the spirit and action of the Super Bowl to millions of NFL fans around the world.

Alfonso Garcia

When the Los Angeles Rams take the field at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Alfonso Garcia will be in the stands cheering them on with his son. Garcia was gifted tickets to the big game, flights and hotel accommodations by Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks in appreciation for Garcia’s work maintaining the Cal Lutheran field where the team holds its practices.

Catherine Gonzalez Pack

During football season, Catherine Gonzalez Pack is busy calling the shots to bring the NFL Sunday Ticket viewing experience to NFL fans. Gonzalez Pack is the assistant vice president of video operations at AT&T’s Los Angeles Broadcast Center. NFL fans who have the DIRECTV package will be able to catch the game on any device thanks to Gonzalez Pack’s team.

Rodolfo Landeros

When Latinos who want to see the 2019 Super Bowl in Spanish turn on the TV to Fox Deportes, Mexican native Rodolfo Landeros will be one of the faces. He will be giving fans a play-by-play of the action. Landeros has been giving fans an inside look into Super Bowl LIII with his Instagram Stories straight from the ATL.

Gevrina Catalina

Reporting on the biggest moments of an NFL team is no easy feat, but LA Rams reporter Gevrina Catalina handles it in two languages. Fans of the carneros can catch her in videos from the Super Bowl media area on the team’s Vamos Rams website section.

Patriots Nation Monterrey

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When kickoff starts on Sunday, the New England Patriots will be cheered on by die-hard Pats fans across fan clubs in Mexico, including Monterey, Chihuahua, Toluca, Saltillo, Guadalajara, Mexico City and Mexicali. If you’re in Mexico and want to catch the game with these fan clubs, check out the full list.

SoCal Rams Booster Club

Supporting a team in good times and bad is the sign of a true fan. However, supporting your team when they aren’t even in the same city? That’s the hallmark of a mega fan. The SoCal Rams Booster Club was started in 2004, years before the Los Angeles Rams changed from St. Louis to their home in the city of Angels. President Ralph Valdez wanted a family atmosphere where Rams fan could enjoy the games with their kids and familia just like he and many of his supporters had done generations before when the Rams would originally play at the Los Angeles Sports Coliseum.

You can be sure many of the SoCal Rams Booster Club will be in attendance in Atlanta to yell, “Whose house? Rams House!” in the stands.

Joe ‘Silver Fox’ Ramirez

Joe ‘Silver Fox’ Ramirez has been an ardent supporter of the Los Angeles Rams since 1968. The Rams are the first NFL team he ever heard of, he told Vice Sports.

He has been collecting Rams memorabilia for decades and is instantly recognizable thanks to his ram horned-construction hat, which he designed himself.

Ramirez never wavered in his support of his LA Rams, attending games in San Diego or Phoenix when the Rams moved out of town. He eventually became an advisory council member for the SoCal Rams Booster Club.

“I would promote the Rams as my team and share my certainty that one day they would return to Los Angeles,” Ramirez told Vice Sports.

Now he is bringing the blue and gold spirit to the Super Bowl! Follow this OG fan on his official fan Facebook Page.

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For those who are watching the Super Bowl only for the commercials, Maluma baby will be one of the celeb faces endorsing a product on Super Bowl Sunday. Beer brand Michelob ULTRA tapped the Colombian singer to be himself—Juan Luis to be exact— in his first Super Bowl ad while enjoying an ice cold beer with friends in the TV spot. Although he isn’t performing at the Super Bowl Halftime Show, the singer told Forbes this commercial might help him be one step closer to that goal.

“This is such a huge dream for me and it would be a dream come true for the Latino community,” he told Forbes. “With the way things are going, seeing a Latino perform during the halftime show isn’t an impossibility anymore. It’s going to happen and I hope that this commercial is helping me get closer to that prize.

Raúl Allegre

ESPN Deportes ramped up its Super Bowl coverage with a whole team of TV commentators, analysts, sideline reporters, and multimedia reporters. One of the analysts who will be live from Atlanta is Mexican-born former NFL player, Raúl Allegre. Allegre played for four different teams during his tenure in the NFL, including the Baltimore Colts, Indianapolis Colts, New York Giants, and New York Jets. He knows plenty about the game and will be giving fans in-depth analysis between the Rams and the Patriots.


READ: Non-Basic Latino Super Bowl Snacks

Are you watching the Super Bowl this Sunday? Let us know in the comments which team you think will win and share this article with your friends!

This Team Of Synchronized Swimmers With Down Syndrome Were Denied Access To A Pool For Fear Of Contaminating Other Swimmers

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This Team Of Synchronized Swimmers With Down Syndrome Were Denied Access To A Pool For Fear Of Contaminating Other Swimmers

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Sirenas Especiales (Special Mermaids) is giving girls with Down Syndrome in Mexico a chance to show off their athletic abilities in synchronized swimming. The team and program were organized by Paloma Torres, a former synchronized swimmer from Peru, after she studied educational psychology. Her thesis was on the cognitive benefits of synchronized swimming. With that and a little patience, Sirenas Especiales was born.

Sirenas Especiales is tearing down the stigma and misinformation about people with Down Syndrome.

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Coach Paloma Torres knew that people with Down Syndrome are often very creative and flexible. Those two characteristics are perfect for synchronized swimming so she knew that it would be a great idea to get a group of girls together.

However, Torres and Sirenas Especiales immediately faced pushback from local pools in Mexico City because of the girls’ Down Syndrome.

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“I had to find a swimming pool where we could organize regular practices. At first, I couldn’t find anywhere. One pool even refused entry to my swimmers, saying that they might contaminate other swimmers! It was really disheartening at first — both for me and for the girls’ parents,” Torres told France24. “Finally, I found the Alberca Olímpica Francisco Márquez pool, which is located in southern Mexico City. I’ve been training the group there since 2011.”

The team overcame the initial mistreatment from local pools and have been competing in national and international competitions.

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Their Instagram is filled with photos of the team holding medal from the various competitions they have participated in. They’ve competed all over Mexico and were recently at the PanAm games to cheer on Mexico’s national synchronizing team.

The team continues to grow with more girls and boys wanting to participate in synchronized swimming.

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Torres currently trains about 20 swimmers between 14 and 30. There are three boys who are part of the team and 17 girls, according to France24. It seems clear that the swimmers enjoy their chance to show off their own athletic abilities.

The sport is doing more than just giving them something to do.

Este día tan especial Sirenas Especiales darán entrevista en Capital 21 Canal 21 en TV abierta, no se lo pierdan a las 10:35am en VIVO!!!!! FELIZ DÍA MUNDIAL DEL SINDROME DE DOWN Edith Perez Rocio Hernández Martínez Paloma Torres Montserrat Vega Triny Turcio Blanca Olivia Fontes Machado Araceli Vazquez Loredo Beatriz Mendoza Castañón China Li Lourdes Castellanos Daniel Perez Martinez

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This sport helps participants improve their concentration and memory,” Torres told France24. “However, most importantly, this activity helps them integrate socially. They participate regularly in competitions both nationally and internationally, which sometimes include swimmers without disabilities. Our team has won about 50 medals. They become more social and their work is applauded. It’s also important for their families because some of them don’t think that these girls will make something of their lives.”

One thing Sirenas Especiales is doing to changing the narrative around disabilities one synchronized swim at a time.

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The swimmers are showing everyone that you can do anything you set your mind to. There is nothing that can keep them from participating in the sport that they love and enjoy.

Congratulations, swimmers.

We can’t wait to see what you do next.

READ: The Internet Was Having A Collective Sob Fest After A Video Of Young Disabled Man’s Reaction To Getting His First Job Goes Viral

Simone Biles Slayed During The U.S. Gymnastics Championships And Made History Twice And Here’s Why It’s A Big Deal

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Simone Biles Slayed During The U.S. Gymnastics Championships And Made History Twice And Here’s Why It’s A Big Deal

To say, American gymnast, Simone Biles can’t practice her athletic art form under pressure is to completely misunderstand her strength. The 22-year-old from Colombus, Ohio, has already accomplished what many can’t even fathom. This week the Olympic gold medalist made history on the competitive mat just a couple of days after she confronted the USA Gymnastics for failing to protect her, and more than 150 women, from a sexual predator. 

On August 11, Simone Biles landed perfectly after doing a triple-double at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Kansas City. 

Let us break down what that actually means because it truly is a thing of beauty. Biles successful jumped into the air and completed two flips and three full twists and stuck the landing. She tried to do this exact move on Friday but failed on the landing. This time, however, Biles landed it amazingly. She’s the first woman to have ever completed this move. 

This move is no easy fete for the 4’8 gymnast. As someone on social media noted, Biles, at the peak of her jump, is close to 10 feet off the mat, which is two feet higher than the high jump world record. Insanity!!

On Friday, she also made history by pulling off a double-double dismount off the balance beam. 

That means she did two twists and two somersaults like its no one’s business. All of these historic firsts garnered Biles a record-tying sixth all-around title at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships. So who could possibly have the same title as Biles? No one in the past several decades, that’s for sure. In the 1940s and 1950s, American gymnast Clara Schroth Lomady also received the same honor of sixth all-around. 

After her historical landing, Biles was quite pleased with her performance. 

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“That feeling when you make history…. twice,” she said on Instagram. And this is all build-up to the main event. Biles, of course, is headed to Tokyo next year for the 2020 Olympics, where’s she’s naturally going to add on to her gold medals, but no pressure. (!!!)

Her incredible routine is quite impressive when you consider that the star athlete is competing for organizers who were enablers in her own sexual abuse.

Last year, a Michigan judge sentenced Dr. Larry Nassar, a physical therapist, 40 to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing more than a hundred gymnasts some were as young as six years old. The abuse lasted for decades, and Biles was one of his victims. 

On August 7, Biles told reporters that it was the U.S. Gymnastics Championships and other institutions that assisted Nassar in his abuse by protecting him.

“You had one job. You literally had one job, and you couldn’t protect us,” Biles said in her addressed statement to USA Gymnastics, according to CNN. ‘It’s hard coming here for an organization, having had them fail us so many times. We had one goal. We have done everything that they asked us for, even when we didn’t want to, and they couldn’t do one damn job.”

Despite Biles’ horrific abuse she endured, her moves on the mat show her incredible strength and dedication to the sport.

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The Texan native said she wasn’t sure if she’d succeed in those now-groundbreaking landings. She said, however, that she was striving for ultimate perfection, even if that meant failing the first time. Sounds like she’s a firm believer of the motto, “if at first, you don’t succeed, pick yourself up and try again.” 

“I feel like I compete for perfection,” she told the Olympic Channel days before her competition, “so whenever I don’t do that, it really irritates me.” 

Biles also told the network that she doesn’t even think about her titles and records until someone brings it up to her in conversation. Talk about humble. If Biles doesn’t do the bragging, her friends and fans will do it for her. 

Several fans, including celebs, touted her magical moves on Twitter.

As for the future of gymnastics in the U.S., and their beloved athletes, Li Li Leung, the president, and chief executive of USA Gymnastics, told CNN, that understand they are to blame for their part in their abuse and are doing everything they can to change the culture of silence. 

“One of our goals is for our athletes to feel comfortable in speaking up and sharing their opinions, and we are listening to what they have to say,” Leung said. “We will continue to work hard to demonstrate to Simone and all of our athletes, members, community, and fans that we are working to foster a safe, positive and encouraging environment where athlete voices are heard.” 

Now on to the Olympics!

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