The St. Louis Rams have selected Virginia Braxs as the recipient of the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award.
The NFL and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) have partnered for the fourth annual NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards during the 2014 celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The awards recognize the contributions of Hispanic leaders in each NFL market.
The Rams will honor Braxs on September 21 at their Hispanic Heritage game when they face the Dallas Cowboys.
A native of Argentina, Braxs is dedicated to promoting the Hispanic culture and making higher education for Latino youth, regardless of immigration status, more accessible in the United States in both her professional and personal life. She works to ensure mentorship for Latino youth in St. Louis and at Washington University, where she is a faculty member and serves as the Hispanic Community and Student Group Liason of the Department of Romance Language and Literature, coordinating its Latino Outreach Programs. Outside of her professional involvement, Virginia is the co-founder and President of the Hispanic Arts Council of St. Louis, a nonprofit organization focused on promoting the excellence of the Hispanic culture through arts and education. Through her organization, she mentors at-risk Latino youth in St. Louis and motivate them to excel in their academic and personal lives. She also is co-founder and Board Member of Upstream Theater, a professional theater company, dedicated to staging international works and a Board Member of the Hispanic Educational, Cultural & Scholarship Fund.
Each award recipient will select an organization of their choice that serves the local Hispanic community to receive a $2,000 donation.
Braxs has chosen the Hispanic Arts Council of St. Louis to receive this donation.
The NFL will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month during weeks 3 and 4 of the season. A national spotlight will be shined on the NFL's celebration during Thursday Night Football, Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football.