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KC Chiefs awarded Pedro Zamora
the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award
What a night for Monday Night Football as the Kansas City Chiefs versus the Washington Redskins. During the pregame ceremony on the field, the Kansas City Chiefs honored Pedro Zamora, the Executive Director of the Hispanic Economic Development Corporation, as the recipient of the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award. The Chiefs along with Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt were on hand to congratulate Zamora.

The NFL and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation have partnered for the seventh annual NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards during the 2017 celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The awards recognize the contributions of Hispanic leaders in each NFL market.

Zamora is a seasoned executive with over 30 years of leadership and management experience from both the corporate for-profit and not-for-profit worlds. He was appointed the Executive Director of the Hispanic Economic Development Corporation of Greater Kansas City (HEDC) on April 1, 2015. An enthusiastic entrepreneurial leader, he has established strengths in strategic planning, fundraising and financial management, product and program introduction, marketing, organizational transition management, and board development.

As part of the award, each recipient selects an organization of their choice that serves the local Hispanic community to receive a $2,000 donation. This year, Zamora has chosen the Greater Kansas City Hispanic Development Fund Scholarship Program to receive the donation.

For Zamora being a recipient of the NFL Hispanic Heritage Foundation Leadership Award he couldn’t help to say, “I thought really, why? When I mentioned it to my wife Helen, my sons and a few close friends they listed many reasons, but one they all had in common was I have always been willing to listen and take a chance to find a solution for our neighbors and community. Last night all I could do is let it sink in and pray to myself how lucky I am and thank my family for all their support.

Zamora added, “While talking with Clark Hunt before the awards presentation, he made a point to say to me … “you have to take the risk to help others and if I didn’t do it we cannot make change for the good of others. ... “I’ve heard this my whole life from my grandparents, my parents and family. So I stopped thinking why I was nominated and in my heart acknowledged the great team at HEDC who are committed to work and to make change for the good of others! Go Chiefs.”

Established by the White House in 1987, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation is an award-winning nonprofit organization that identifies, inspires, prepares and positions Latino leaders in the classroom, community and workforce to meet America’s priorities. Hispanic Heritage Foundation is a 501(c)(3) focused on assisting “a Latino to help hundreds more” through a unique cycle of leadership built on a high-profile, year-round continuum of sustainable programs including the Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards, Latinos On Fast Track, Hispanic Heritage Awards and Public Awareness Campaigns. The Hispanic Heritage Foundation promotes cultural pride, accomplishment and the great promise of the community through public awareness campaigns seen by millions.

Previously recipient, Mayra Aguirre (2016), Irene Caudillo (2015), David Chavez (2014), Juan Sepúlveda (2013), Ramón Murguía (2012) and CiCi Rojas (2011) have been recognized as the Chiefs local NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award winners.