Guillermo Rodriguez, Director of International Projects and Study Abroad at Webster University is one of 32 nationwide recipients of the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership (HHL) Award. One person, of hispanic decent, in each of the NFL’s 32 markets was recognized for their leadership and contributions.
Rodriguez will be honored during half time of the NFL’s Thursday Night Football presentation of the San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams game. He will be presented with a $2,000 check that will be donated to an organization of Rodriguez’s choice.
Hispanic Heritage month in the U.S. is celebrated Sept. 15 thru Oct. 15. In 1821 five hispanic countries, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala all declared independence on Sept. 15. This is the third year the NFL has partnered with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation to award 32 leaders.
“I feel greatly honored, it is really something,” Rodriguez said. “It was a total surprise and I don’t really know how I was chosen. But I plan to find out.”
Rodriguez hopes that next year he can be a part of the selection process for the award.
He holds a large role in the St. Louis hispanic community. He is the president of the Midwest Association for Latin American Studies and vice president of the St. Louis chapter of San Luis Potosi Friendship Committee. Rodriguez said he was awarded every leadership position in Hispanic organizations that he has held, there was never a campaigning process.