• Latino coach says culture holds back US youth from international soccer championships

    LatinaLista -- It's estimated that over 18 million people in the United States play soccer, 78 percent of which are under the age of 18. While the sport, better known as "futbol" or "football" in the rest of the world, is steadily gaining in popularity in the US -- after all, who...

  • Boxer Brandon Rios shows that dreams can come true

    By Mariana Llamas-Cendon Amigos805.com OXNARD -- At 24 years of age, Brandon "Bam Bam" Rios is a professional in the boxing ring. As an amateur fighter Rios had won the Silver Gloves, the Ringside Nationals, the USA Nationals, and was chosen as an alternate for the Olympics in 2004. As a pro,...

  • Hispanic Heritage Run sets historic mark with 225 participants

    Juan Miret Hispano de Tulsa TULSA, Oklahoma - This year's five-kilometer Hispanic Heritage Run, held April 16 in downtown Tulsa, attracted 225 runners. Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett Jr. gave the signal to begin the race, now in its fourth year, at Third Street and Boston Avenue. "It is a great honor to...

  • Boxing champ Rios gets commendation from City of Oxnard

    Amigos805.com OXNARD -- Newly crowned WBA lightweight champ Brandon Rios received a commendation April 12 from the city of Oxnard for becoming its newest world champion. Rios, who won the title Feb. 26 from Miguel Acosta in what is being considered a candidate for fight of the year, now becomes the third...

  • Young Latino soccer players kick away stereotypes on way to their goal

    By Pam Burrell LatinaLista Woodburn, Oregon's population is 51 percent Hispanic and 49 percent Anglo. It has the highest concentration of taquerias in the state and on Saturday afternoons the parks are crowded with Hispanic men's soccer league games which culminate every August with an intense men's league tournament called Fiesta Mexicana....

  • Women’s pro-football in San Antonio?

    By Angela Covo La Prensa SAN ANTONIO -- Rebecca Garza is the only Latina woman in the world who completely owns a pro-sports franchise team. And she wants to bring it to San Antonio. More than that, Garza is building a dynasty. Sitting with her in a quiet Starbucks, the entrepreneur exudes...

  • Report debunks notion Latinos don’t snowboard because of cost

    LatinaLista.net -- Even before the US Census releases its final findings on the status of the nation's Latino population, it's known that Latinos are the largest demographic after the Anglo population. For that reason, it's natural that businesses would target Latinos as potential customers -- if they can get over their biased...

  • A young athlete’s dream turns into Olympic Gold

    By Alma Ramos-McDermott LatinaLista How does a poor Mexican-American kid pull himself out of the slums to win a 2006 Beijing Olympic gold medal in freestyle wrestling? In bold, descriptive language, Henry Cejudo tells his story in the book "American Victory," published by Penguin Books. In the autobiography, Henry shares memories of...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Helping at-risk teens with the first leg of life’s marathon

    LatinaLista -- Getting children involved in sports has been documented as being one good way to keep children motivated while in school and develop needed skills to be successful in both academics and life. But some kids, especially in high school, can be left out of sports due to the team size...

  • A Soccer Mom with a “Bloody Twist”

    By Ana Maria Hanssen LatinaLista Mystery author Carolina Garcia-Aguilera creates an award-winning series based on the Golden Rule of writing -- write what you know. For award-winning author Carolina Garcia-Aguilera, "in order to be a writer you have to be a reader." And it seems like in order to be a successful...

  • Bolivia: Feet and pedal power fuel Pedestrian Day

    By Angie Washington LatinaLista COCHAMBA, BOLIVIA -- Imagine a smog-free world. The sky becomes bluer. The grass becomes greener. The air is finally breathable once again. That is the goal of the annual Pedestrian Day in Cochabamba, Bolivia. On the first Sunday of September every year this city of 800,000 people nestled...

  • New bilingual site tailors exercises and recipes for Latinas to create Bellas Ellas

    LatinaLista -- According to the report F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2010 released in June by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, obesity is more prevalent among Blacks and Latinos across the country.   Thanks to First Lady Michelle Obama, the issue of obesity is getting national attention and...

  • Puerto Rico: At 104, “Millito” Navarro is America’s Outstanding Oldest Male Worker

    By Martha R. Alonso Hernandez LatinaLista Puerto Rico native Emilio Navarro doesn't like to sit still. Even at the age of 104, Navarro starts his daily routine with a session of calisthenics, which he happily demonstrates to visitors. His enthusiasm and zest for life underscore why he has been chosen for a...

  • Mid-summer pool safety campaign creates a splash among families

    LatinaLista -- Since Memorial Day Weekend, over 200 children have either given their parents the scare of their lives or have irreversibly broken their hearts by either drowning or having a near drowning experience in pools and spas. The sad reality is that children drowning is a senseless death if the proper...

  • T-shirt company asks Brazil’s World Cup supporters to buy shirts benefitting Brazil’s street kids

    LatinaLista -- The 2010 FIFA World Cup Soccer matches are really starting to heat up as the quarterfinals begin. For fans that means going all-out to show their support. The most popular way for fans to support their teams is by wearing t-shirts sporting the team's colors. Well, one clothing company is...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Unique program makes gym membership affordable for low-income women

    LatinaLista -- One of the surest ways for overweight people to start losing weight is to join a gym. Where else is there ready access to fitness equipment, professional guidance and emotional support? But gym memberships can be costly, especially for the low-income. And unfortunately, it's the low-income population that has the...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Boise Bicycle Project fulfills the dreams of city’s low-income children

    LatinaLista -- The pride and joy of every child, before they're old enough to drive, is to have their own bike. Yet for many low-income families that's a luxury item that just can't be squeezed into the family budget. For these families lucky enough to live in Boise, Idaho, they don't have to...

  • Childhood obesity in Latino communities doomed to persist if health programs don’t take a page from public libraries

    LatinaLista -- The Center for American Progress released a memo today entitled The Significance of Childhood Obesity in Communities of Color. The memo didn't tell us anything we didn't already know -- that Latino and African American children are too fat for their own good. Childhood obesity rates of African Americans and...

  • College scholarship campaign counts on World Cup soccer goaaals

    LatinaLista -- According to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF), their mission is "a (college) degree in every U.S. Latino household." But those college degrees costs money -- mucho dinero. That's why the recent announcement from HSF's longtime partner, Anheuser-Busch, was probably welcome news. For each goal scored during the FIFA World Cup(TM)...

  • Study shows Latino and black children at higher risk of swim drownings

    LatinaLista -- With summer fast approaching, kids everywhere look forward to swimming. Whether it's at the beach, lake or a pool, swimming provides all kids a chance to cool off and have some fun. Yet, when it comes to actually knowing how to swim, a new study commissioned by USA Swimming shows...