As a part of the Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States, next Sunday the San Diego Chargers will open a space for Mexican culture both before and during the half-time of their game against the Atlanta Falcons.
For the twelfth consecutive year it will be the Xóchitl Folkloric Ballet from Chula Vista the one in charge of the show that will have the music and dance of the Aztec nation as the main protagonist.
Teacher Martha Emilia Sánchez, 69 years of age, who was recently granted the title of "Outstanding Mexican in San Diego," said they've been rehearsing for over two months for their Sunday numbers.
Around 250 people will take over the Qualcomm Stadium field to show their love for Mexico through music and dance. The goal, explains Sánchez, is promoting the culture both to the Mexican audience attending the game as well as to the US sports fans.
"What we do is play Mexico's hottest music, this year it will be 'La Negra' and 'El Jarabe Tapatío', this kind of program draws in a lot of Mexicans, not only because they like the game, but because they see some of their history, their music, their dances," she added.
The Xóchitl Folkloric Ballet was founded over 40 years ago in the area and their members have since then taken upon themselves to promote their heritage wherever they perform.
Sean O'Connor, marketing manager of the San Diego Chargers said that, due to its success, this year will have two performances: the one before the game that has been presented for years and, for the first time, another one during the half-time.
"It's part of the NFL initiative, we have one game a year to commemorate Hispanic heritage," he said. "We have a big Latino fan base that enjoys this kind of show."
The San Diego Chargers will host the Atlanta Falcons next Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium from 1:05 pm.
Translation by Karen Balderas