Hispanics in Sports! The
National Hockey League has its first Hispanic,
Scott Gomez of Alaska, rookie of the year three years ago. Last
year, speedskaters Derek Parra and Jennifer Rodriguez became the
first Hispanics to win Winter Olympic medals. Parra is Mexican-American,
and Rodriguez is Cuban-American.
Hispanics are also the largest minority in Major League
- Alex Rodriguez, a Dominican-American
born in New York and raised in Miami, is the game's highest
paid player at $25 million a year.
- Arturo Moreno became the first Hispanic
owner of a team when he recently bought the Anaheim Angels.
Moreno has said he doesn't want to be thought of as a minority
owner. When asked a question in Spanish at a news conference,
the fourth-generation American answered in English. "The
first thing is I'm an American," he said. "I'm proud
to be a Mexican-American, but as far as being the first minority,
I think most of us are immigrants from some place."
The National Basketball Association
this past season became the first major U.S. sports league
to offer national TV coverage on Spanish-language stations. Later
this year, ESPN will launch a full-time sports channel in Spanish.
Next year, for the 2004 Summer Games, NBC will carry 134
hours of Olympic coverage in Spanish on its Telemundo networkplace."
Hispanic female executives
A demographic study of Hispanic executives and leaders
chosen for the Top Hispanic Women in Business of 2002 revealed:
- The typical respondent is between ages
41 and 50 and has been with her current employer more than 10
- Nearly one third of respondents (32 percent)
attested to having experienced workplace discrimination based
on their Hispanic ethnicity.
- More than half (54 percent) reported
discrimination based on gender:
-- of the 54 percent that experienced
- 78 percent said such discrimination affected
their hiring and promotion opportunities
- 70 percent felt it contributed to pay
- Close to 70 percent of respondents said
they have benefitted from affirmative action or diversity programs
- Latina executives say that moving up the
career ladder requires not only working hard and excelling at
your job, but advanced networking skills are necessary.
Source: Hispanics Online, USA Today