Orange County Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Mayor’s Annual Soccer Tournament
Orange County and the Hispanic Heritage Committee of Greater Orange County (HHCOGOC) hosted the third annual Orange County Mayor’s Cup soccer tournament at Young Pine Community Park to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
The family-friendly event featured soccer teams from across Central Florida who competed in various championship games. The winners and players were thanked for their participation in the month-long tournament.
“The culture of collaboration and compassion in Orange County are reasons alone to celebrate,” Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs said. “From extraordinary culture, arts, academic achievement and leadership, our Hispanic citizens have had an indelible impact on our region and our history.”
Florida Rep. Amy Mercado and Orange County District 3 Commissioner Pete Clarke joined Mayor Jacobs to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
Orange County Utilities Engineer Alex Moncaleano coordinated this year’s Orange County Mayor’s Cup soccer tournament as part of the committee.
During the event, Mayor Jacobs spoke on the importance of the “neighbors-helping-neighbors” philosophy and thanked the Orange County community for providing assistance to those impacted by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
“From organizing events and fundraising, to collecting crucial supplies to send to Puerto Rico, I am so proud of the outpouring of love and support I have witnessed throughout the past few weeks,” Mayor Jacobs said. “It has been inspiring to see local government, private sector businesses and residents working together in support of this extremely worthy cause.”
Mayor Jacobs also thanked the Orange County Hispanic Heritage committee and all the volunteers and organizers who assisted in planning the event.
The HHCOGOC is a volunteer-based organization founded with the purpose of providing opportunities that promote and highlight the contributions made by individuals of Hispanic descent in the community.
This year, Orange County kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month at a special ceremony at the Orange County Administration Building which included cultural dance performances, Hispanic food and a display of notable Hispanic artwork.
Photo Caption: Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs joined Orange County District 3 Commissioner Pete Clarke and Florida Rep. Amy Mercado to recognize the winners of the third annual Mayor’s Cup soccer tournament.