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Longhorns Por Vida
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15), Texas Athletics is proud to introduce Longhorns Por Vida, a celebration of the numerous contributions Latinx-Americans have made to enrich the tapestry of American culture. This month, we will highlight the achievements of some of our student-athletes, alumni and former staff who identify as Hispanic or Latinx.
About Hispanic Heritage Month
Starting in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week, the observation was expanded to cover its current 30-day period and enacted into law on August 17, 1988. Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of Americans who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America, and Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean. Hispanic Heritage Month begins September 15, a significant day of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Additionally, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and 18, respectively.
- 57.5 million people or 18% of the American population are of Hispanic origin
- 32.1% of the residents in the state of Texas are of Hispanic origin
- 35.1% of the residents in the city of Austin are of Hispanic origin
- 21.7% of students at the University of Texas are of Hispanic origin
- 11% of student-athletes identify as Hispanic or Hispanic and another race(s) – Spring of 2020
- 55.5% of students in the Austin Independent School District are of Hispanic origin
- 82% of students who participate in the Neighborhood Longhorns Program are of Hispanic or Latino/a origin