Telemundo's Sports Anchor, Andrés Cantor, was honored with a Hispanic Heritage Award during a star-studded ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington DC, last Friday, September 10.
The Hispanic Heritage Awards are considered a pinnacle of achievement for Hispanics in the United States serving as a lead-in to the Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15). Cantor was selected for his achievements as a sportscaster and for inspiring youngsters in the area of sports across the United States and Latin America.
Known for his famous "goal" call, Cantor is one of the most recognizable personalities in the world of sports. He was recently named by Sports Illustrated magazine as "Master of the Mic: Best of the Rest" in soccer. During the most recent Athens 2004 Olympic Games, he served as one of the main hosts of Telemundo's coverage alongside Jessi Losada. He has been described as a key figure in the growing awareness of soccer in the United States, and has received international recognition for his work; including being named "Sports Personality of the Year" in 1994 by the American Sportscaster Association. That same year he was also awarded an EMMY for individual achievement for his play-by-play coverage of the World Cup. Andrés also takes part and supports charitable causes, including the Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards.
"Andrés has been an inspiration for millions of Hispanics. His passion and dedication for his profession and our community is truly admirable," said Jorge Hidalgo, Executive Vice President of Telemundo Sports. "Our Telemundo family is thrilled that Andrés is the recipient of this prestigious award. Congratulations to him and the other honorees," he concluded.
The Hispanic Heritage Awards ceremony was aired on NBC Stations on September 18 and on Telemundo, October 16.