CHCI Honors Golf Legend Chi Chi Rodriguez

CHCI honored Puerto Rican golf legend Juan "Chi Chi" Rodriguez on March 7, 2010, with the CHCI Service Award for his ongoing commitment to providing opportunities for Latino youth to succeed.  The award was presented at CHCI's Regional Fundraiser in Puerto Rico.

Rodriguez is a supporter of CHCI's Fiesta de Golf Scholarship Challenge, helping raise more than $537,000 for CHCI's Scholarship Awards Program the past two years. His efforts resulted in financial support for 281 Latino youth to attend higher education. He also remains active with his own Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation, which funds the Chi Chi Rodriguez Academy, whose mission is to assist at-risk children by improving their self-esteem, character, work ethic, social adjustment, and academic performance using the golf course as a living classroom.

"CHCI has been very fortunate to have the support of Chi Chi Rodriguez in our efforts to provide access to college and other opportunities for young Latinos," said Esther Aguilera, CHCI President & CEO. "His commitment to youth through CHCI and his own foundation's work are to be highly commended and he is truly deserving of the CHCI Service Award."

"I have always been aware of the people who helped me throughout my life and career. That is what has driven me to give back to the communities I live in and especially to work with children from low income or broken families who need someone - anyone - to advocate for them and not let them fall through the cracks," said Chi Chi Rodriguez. "My involvement with CHCI extends from this commitment allowing me to give back to my own Latino community by raising money for the CHCI scholarship program by doing what I do best - golf! I am so grateful to CHCI for the work it does and for recognizing my small contribution to its mission of developing the next generation of Latino leaders."

Rodriguez has helped raise more than $4 million for his youth foundation, which annually brings 600 children from low income families or broken homes to a 9-hole municipal course to learn responsibility and discipline by working at the various jobs in golf.

He was the first Puerto Rican inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame and was elected to the World Humanitarian Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.

About Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), a nonprofit and nonpartisan 501(c) (3) organization, provides leadership development programs and educational services to students and young emerging leaders. The CHCI Board of Directors is comprised of Hispanic Members of Congress, nonprofit, union and corporate leaders. For more information call CHCI at (202) 543-1771 or visit www.chci.org.

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