The Green Bay Packers are pleased to recognize Rianna Robbins and Kevin Mendez as the team's nominees for the NFL's Hispanic Heritage Foundation Youth Award due to their dedication to excellence both on and off the football field.
The award is a part of a joint effort between the NFL and Hispanic Heritage Foundation, who have partnered to celebrate and recognize Hispanic and Latino excellence in and around the NFL community. This season, both organizations are selecting and honoring outstanding Latino youth football players throughout the League. The League will select eight final representatives from the clubs' award nominees to receive scholarships and be celebrated during Pro Bowl Week. This program aims to highlight Latino excellence, while simultaneously putting a focus on the next generation of football.
Robbins, a senior at Roncalli High School in Manitowoc, Wis., is the kicker for the Roncalli Jets Boys' Tackle Football team. She joined the team during week six of her junior year, having never kicked a football before joining. She scored the first extra point for the team in over five years. She also plays on the school's girls' soccer team, is a member of the cheer/dance team and is involved with the school musical. She is driven and has a strong sense of resolve, making her an excellent asset and a respected leader on her team.
Mendez is a senior from Darlington High School who plays on the offensive and defensive line for the Darlington Redbirds. He has played on the team for the past four years and is a team-first type of player. He demonstrates leadership, grit and determination, serving as an excellent example for his teammates. Mendez also is involved with the Leadership Book Club, band, theater, track and field, all while maintaining a high grade-point-average.
In honor of their nomination for this award, both recipients will receive four tickets to the Packers-Chiefs game on Dec. 3.
About the Hispanic Heritage Foundation:
The Hispanic Heritage Foundation – a nonprofit established by the White House in 1987 – inspires, prepares, and connects minority leaders in the classroom, community, and workforce to meet America's priorities. HHF also promotes cultural pride, accomplishment, and the great promise of the community through public awareness campaigns seen by millions. HHF is headquartered in Washington DC and Los Angeles, with satellite workspaces in New York.