Adriana and Melanie Diaz are a table tennis dream team. The Puerto Rican sisters brought home the gold medal after their doubles victory in the Pan American Games of tenis de mesa in Lima, Peru 🥇
Hailed as the ‘Serena and Venus Williams’ of table tennis, the 18-year-old Adriana and 23-year-old Melanie duo come from a family of table tennis fans. Their parents, Bladimir and Marangely, and two other sisters played competitively in the past. Adriana made history as the first-ever Puerto Rican female table tennis player to qualify for the Olympic games, and she was named one of the world’s top 50 players. She’s set to compete at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Meanwhile, Melanie made it into the tournament semifinals
Adriana’s profile has risen since her table tennis win, and there’s hope that she could popularize the sport in the United States. When she was young, she tried playing with dolls but realized she was more of a “sporty girl” at heart. Her family helped table tennis gain popularity in Puerto Rico, and that ignited her love for the sport. Adriana credits her success to sister Melanie, who taught her moves and mental strategies, and also her dad’s encouragement.
Daddy Yankee was so impressed with the sisters, that he helped sponsor them so they could compete in Switzerland and Austria last fall. The young women said they look up to the Williams sisters, but we think they may surpass them in their own right! 🔥🙌🏾
You may have noticed something missing as you enjoy the NBA playoffs: Latinos on the court. Just 2% of NBA players are Latino, so while we pressure the NBA to have more of our own playing the game, here are some Latinx players you can cheer on…
Al Horford was born and grew up in the Dominican Republic. He plays center for the Boston Celtics. His father, Tito Horford, was also an NBA player drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in 2007, and is a 5-time NBA All-Star. Al is married to Amelia Vega, a model and actress and the first Dominican woman to be crowned Miss Universe.
Jose Juan “JJ” Barea is from Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, and plays point guard for the Dallas Mavericks. He is only the sixth Puerto Rican to play for the NBA.
Mavericks’ owner, Mark Cuban, let JJ use the team plane to deliver supplies to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.
Ángel Delgado is from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and plays center for the Los Angeles Clippers. He was ‘Rookie of the Year’ 2014-2015 and won the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award for the 2017-2018 season.
Robin and Brook Lopez are identical twins born to a Cuban father and American mother, and grew up in California. Both played for the Stanford University basketball team, Brook as power forward and Robin as center. Now Robin, plays center for the Chicago Bulls and Brook is also center for the Milwaukee Bucks.
As the NBA finals come to an end, let’s root for all the Latinx players representing out there, and hope more of them are on the court next season.
A Guatemalan mother of six ran the L.A. Marathon recently wearing traditional Mayan clothes and shoes (a huipil and caites). We … mean …. WOW!
Check this video out!
Maria del Carmen Tun Cho is 46 years old and speaks the indigenous language Q’eqchi’. Her reason for participating in the prestigious race wasn’t a prize or making a specific time.
Her motivation for running went much deeper. She wanted to represent her community, run for equality and show how far women can go – literally.
Her trip to L.A. was hosted by local activists such as Teofilo Barrientos who wanted to help expose her inspiring message to the public. She clocked in at 4 hours, 42 minutes and 22 seconds and told media her diet consisted of beans, tortillas, chili and tomatoes!