SUNRISE, Fla. - The outstanding efforts made by The Florida Panthers to give back to the Hispanic community in South Florida have been recognized by the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce with the Sports Champion of the Year 2015 Sunshine Award.
The award ceremony will take place on Friday, Nov. 6 at 12:00 p.m. at the Rusty Pelican restaurant in Key Biscayne. The SFLHCC has honored businesses for their contributions, achievements and successes with the Sunshine Awards for the past 21 years.
“The Florida Panthers are doing a great job in South Florida. The team is fantastic and their leadership is really committed to the Hispanic community. Their outreach efforts to bring in Hispanics to their games have paid off and, as a Hispanic Chamber, we couldn’t be any happier," said the SFLHCC President/CEO Liliam M. Lopez.
“It's an honor to have our efforts be recognized with this award. The Florida Panthers on every level, the ownership, the management and the team, have committed to give back to the Hispanic community in South Florida. We owe it to our fans to engage and be part of their lives," said Richard Adler, Executive Vice President of the Florida Panthers.
“Having the opportunity to give back to the community as a hockey player is a very rewarding experience. Also, for me this award is very special since I’m part of this community by heritage," said Panthers goaltender Al Montoya who currently is the only Cuban-American in the NHL.
The Panthers open a three-game road trip tonight at the Anaheim Ducks at 10:30 p.m. ET.