Alabama’s Fitzpatrick Wins 2017 Paycom Jim Thorpe Award

OKLAHOMA CITY–()–Minkah Fitzpatrick from the University of Alabama has been named the
2017 Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Winner, given to the top defensive back in
college football based on ability and character. Fitzpatrick (6-foot-1,
203-pounds), is a sophomore from Old Bridge, N.J. (St. Peter’s Prep).

Minkah Fitzpatrick is a leader both on and off the field for the Crimson
Tide while proving to be the heartbeat of the nation’s No. 1 scoring and
pass efficiency defense. He is maybe the most versatile defender in the
country, playing safety, cornerback, nickel back and dime linebacker for
the Crimson Tide. He has 44 tackles on the season along with 5.5 tackles
for loss, 1.5 sacks, an interception, six pass breakups, a forced
fumble, a blocked field goal and three quarterback hurries. He is also
second in Alabama career interception return yards (274) on nine

The Paycom Thorpe Award is named after history’s greatest athlete, Jim
Thorpe, and is presented by the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in Oklahoma
City. Thorpe excelled at every sport in which he competed, including
football where he played on the offensive and defensive side of the ball.

Paycom Software, Inc. (“Paycom”) (NYSE:PAYC), a leading provider of
comprehensive, cloud-based human capital management software, and the
Jim Thorpe Museum and Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame (OSHOF) jointly
announced in May of 2017 an exclusive sponsorship of the Jim Thorpe
Award. As a result, the accolade was named the “Paycom Jim Thorpe Award.”

The other Paycom Thorpe Award finalists for 2017 were DeShon Elliott
from Texas and Josh Jackson from Iowa. Fitzpatrick is the second player
from Alabama to be chosen as a Paycom Jim Thorpe Award winner. Antonio
Langham from Alabama won the award in 1993.

The announcement was made at The Home Depot College Football Awards
Show presented by Gildan
on ESPN. Fitzpatrick was presented the
Paycom Thorpe Award by former University of Oklahoma head coach, Bob
Stoops on behalf of Paycom and the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.

The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and Paycom will honor Fitzpatrick at
the Jim Thorpe Award Banquet on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 in Oklahoma
City. The banquet will be held at the National Cowboy and Western
Heritage Museum. Ticket and sponsorship questions should be directed to
the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame at 405.427.1400.

The Paycom Jim Thorpe Award is a member of the National College Football
Awards Association (NCFAA) which encompasses college football’s most
prestigious awards. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 23 awards now
boast over 800 recipients, dating to 1935. Visit
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Multi-Platinum Selling Pop Artist Andy Grammer to Headline 2017 Capital One® Orange Bowl Halftime Show

MIAMI LAKES, Fla.–()–Continuing the custom and tradition of the most iconic halftime show in
all of college football, multi-platinum artist Andy Grammer will
headline the Capital One Halftime Show during the 2017 Capital One
Orange Bowl on Dec. 30 at Hard Rock Stadium. Grammer joins an esteemed
list of recent Orange Bowl halftime acts that includes DNCE, John
Fogerty, Dierks Bentley and Jake Owen.

Grammer’s third full-length album, The Good
, was released on December 1, 2017. The record includes
his global smash hit single “Fresh Eyes,” which has become a
streaming phenomenon with over 300 million total streams, the
catchy summer jam featuring LunchMoney Lewis, “Give Love,” as
well as his new uplifting single “Smoke Clears.”

Grammer is best-known for his triple platinum infectious smash hit “Honey,
I’m Good
,” which was one of the best-selling songs of 2015, and the
certified gold anthem “Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah),” off
his second album Magazines or Novels.
He has taken the music world by storm with a succession of anthemic pop
hits, six of which are certified gold or better. His debut album
featured the platinum singles “Keep Your Head Up” and “Fine By

Joining Grammer as part of the game day entertainment, Grammy Award
winner and alternative music star Nate Reuss will headline the
Capital One Orange Bowl Fan Fest presented by the Capital One Venture®
card. Admission to the event is free for all fans with a ticket to the
2017 Capital One Orange Bowl.

The Iowa native is most famous for his role as the lead singer of the
band fun. The band’s second album, “Some Nights,” has sold
more than a million copies, spawned three chart-topping singles and
earned fun a pair of Grammys. The platinum album was produced by Jeff

Ruess has collaborated with several high-profile musicians including
Lana Del Rey, Pink and Eminem. In addition, in 2015, Ruess released his
first solo album Grand Romantic.

“The Capital One Orange Bowl is a unique opportunity for fans to enjoy
two great passions: college football and music. In addition to what will
be a stellar game, we are so excited for the performances by the artists
that are slated to perform this year,” said Marc Mentry, Chief Brand
Officer at Capital One. “As Capital One continues the honor of being the
title sponsor of the Capital One Orange Bowl, we’re grateful to have the
opportunity to help shape the fan experience through performances by top
musical artists, exclusive access to events and cardholder ticket
packages, and activities for the whole family at the Capital One Fan
Fest. The entire experience for fans at the Capital One Orange Bowl is
one that we know people will love.”

Performing the national anthem this year is Miami native and 2017
“America’s Got Talent” standout, Yoli Mayor. The 22-year-old
Cuban-American is currently hard-at-work on an EP due in 2018, to share
her passion for music, honesty and heart in song. Publications such as
Miami New Times and the Huffington Post have deemed her a Miami-grown
vocal powerhouse.

To assist with the Capital One Orange Bowl Halftime Show, as a volunteer
through the Orange Bowl Ambassador Program presented by Panera Bread,
please log on to
and use the registration link.

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About the Orange Bowl

The Orange Bowl is a 360-member, primarily-volunteer non-profit sports
organization that promotes and serves the South Florida community. With
its primary mission since being created in 1935 to bring tourism to
South Florida through an annual football game and events, it has also
maintained a legacy of charitable contributions and community outreach.
Orange Bowl community outreach efforts are comprised of four pillars:
youth sports, fundraising and community events, academic programs and
scholarships, and legacy gifts. The Orange Bowl features a year-round
schedule of events culminating with the Capital One Orange Bowl on
December 30, 2017. For more information on the 2017-18 Orange Bowl
events, including promotional and volunteer opportunities through the
Ambassador Program presented by Panera Bread, log on to
or follow the @OrangeBowl on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and

About Capital One

Capital One Financial Corporation (
is an NCAA Corporate Champion, and began its affiliation with college
sports with the sponsorship of the Capital One Bowl (formerly the
Florida Citrus Bowl) in 2001. Since that time, Capital One has sponsored
programs including the Capital One Mascot Challenge and Capital One
Academic All-America Program. In 2010, it created the Capital One Cup to
recognize the best men’s and women’s Division 1 College Athletics
Programs in the country and awards a combined $400,000 in
student-athlete scholarships. As an NCAA Corporate Champion, Capital One
supports all 90 NCAA Championships. In 2014, Capital One became an
official sponsor of the Capital One Orange Bowl and the new College
Football Playoff. Additionally, for the past three years, Capital One
has been the national title sponsor of the iHeart Radio Jingle Ball and
serves as the official bank and credit card for the event. As part of
this sponsorship, Capital One is able to bring cardholders exclusive
access to high demand tickets through presales.

Inaugural HOMBRE 2017 Men of the Year Awards Celebrate Latinos Making…

Fashion designer and presenter John Varvatos left, honoree Aaron Sanchez, Publisher and Editorial Director of HOMBRE Magazine Francisco Romeo, honorees Johnny Falcones, Rodrigo Flores-Roux, Eduardo Vi

The recently held 2017 HOMBRE Men of The Year Awards presented by Hennessy celebrated achievement at the highest level, aiming to inspire and empower the next generation of multicultural professionals.

HOMBRE Award honorees stand out as role models and embody HOMBRE Magazine’s mission of success, and uplifting involvement with the community. They exemplify the very best America has to offer.

This year’s honorees included the following individuals.

‘MasterChef’ judge and restaurateur Aarón Sánchez,

Boxing Champion and Hennessy Brand Ambassador Saúl ‘Canelo’ Álvarez

CFDA fashion designer Carlos Campos,

Ballet Hispanico CEO and Creative Director Eduardo Vilaro,

Businessman and technology innovator Johnny Falcones, and

Fragrance creator Rodrigo Flores-Roux.

Hennessy, the world’s best-selling Cognac, served as the title sponsor celebrating Latinos. This year, Hennessy aligned with Canelo Alvarez, one of the honorees, to celebrate the notion of “Never stop. Never settle.” The original creative tells the remarkable story of Alvarez, who like Hennessy, epitomizes the importance of family and the pursuit of excellence.

“Our inaugural awards recognized Latinos who are truly making a difference in their communities and who are inspiring the next generation of young men to achieve their full potential,” says Francisco Romeo, editorial director and founder of HOMBRE Magazine.

The event was also sponsored by Ford Motor Co. and VivaliveTV. In addition to the Awards ceremony, HOMBRE has developed a charitable element. Items and experiences donated by the honorees will be auctioned off with proceeds to benefit different causes. These unique experiences include the opportunity to attend a ‘Canelo’ Alvarez fight, participate in a unique dining experience crafted by chef Aarón Sánchez, design a singular fragrance with Flores-Roux, or front row tickets to a New York Fashion Week: Men’s with Carlos Campos; among others. For additional details and information please visit, or email

About HOMBRE Magazine

For more than a decade HOMBRE Magazine ( has been promoting and inspiring Latin men to live their best lives. The brand remains the only media outlet targeting Latin men in an upscale environment, presenting the world’s best brands and lifestyle experiences in an aspirational context that provides readers with a blueprint for triumph.

About Hennessy

In 2017, the Maison Hennessy celebrates more than two and half centuries of exceptional adventure that has linked two families, the Hennessys and the Fillioux, for seven generations and spanned five continents. It began in the French region of Cognac, the seat from which the Maison has constantly passed down the best the land has to give, from one generation to the next.

In particular, such longevity is thanks to those people, past and present, who have ensured Hennessy’s success both locally and around the world. Hennessy’s success and longevity are also the result of the values the Maison has upheld since its creation: unique savoir-faire, a constant quest for innovation, and “Never stop. Never settle.” an unwavering commitment to Creation, Excellence, Legacy, and Sustainable Development. Today, these qualities are the hallmark of a House – a crown jewel in the LVMH Group – that crafts iconic and prestigious Cognacs.

Hennessy is imported and distributed in the U.S. by Moët Hennessy USA, Hennessy distills, ages and blends spanning a full range: Hennessy V.S., Hennessy Black, V.S.O.P. Privilège, X.O., Paradis, Paradis Impérial and Richard Hennessy. For more information and where to purchase/engrave, please visit

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2017 HOMBRE Men of the Year Honorees


Chef & Restaurateur of the Year

(Restaurateur/Chef/Judge on FOX’s ‘MasterChef’/ Owner Johnny Sanchez Restaurant)

This year the most important cooking competition on network television gained a Latin voice. Chef Aarón Sánchez joined Chefs Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi in the popular MASTERCHEF, airing on FOX, Wednesdays at 8PM ET. The talented chef brought his extensive knowledge and charismatic personality to spice up the show with much needed Latin flavor.

Sánchez is an award-winning chef, TV personality, and cookbook author. He is the chef/owner of Mexican restaurant Johnny Sánchez, with locations in New Orleans and Baltimore. An active philanthropist, he launched the Aarón Sánchez Scholarship Fund, an initiative empowering aspiring chefs from the Latin community to follow their dreams and attend culinary school. One of the world’s most distinguished Latin chefs, he is also passionate about preserving his family’s legacy through food, and encouraging diversity in the kitchen.


Athlete of the Year

Hennessy Brand Ambassador

(Middleweight Boxing Champion – WBC, Ring Magazine, and Lineal)

Saúl ‘Canelo’ Álvarez is well on his way to joining the select club of legendary Mexican boxers. After 51 fights his record stands at 49 victories, with one draw and only a split decision loss four years ago. Between September 2016 and September 2017 the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world sold-out Dallas’ AT&T Stadium, defeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., and faced Gennady Golovkin in one of the most anticipated boxing matchups. In May he announced his partnership with Hennessy, the world’s best-selling Cognac.

Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Alvarez grew up as the youngest of eight children, seven of them boys and all professional boxers and together, they push each other to their fullest potential. He earned the nickname ‘Canelo’ because of his red hair, and started boxing after watching his older brother debut as a professional boxer.

After turning pro, he went on to hold the WBA (Unified), WBC, and Ring Light Middleweight titles between 2011 and 2013, and the WBC and Lineal Middleweight titles between 2015 and 2017.

This year, Hennessy aligned with Canelo Alvarez to celebrate the notion of “Never stop. Never settle.” through original creative that tells the remarkable story of Canelo Alvarez, who like Hennessy, epitomizes the importance of family and the pursuit of excellence.


Fashion Designer of the Year

(CFDA Designer – Carlos Campos New York)

Designer Carlos Campos was born in Honduras and arrived in New York at thirteen years old to pursue his own version of the American Dream. He is now giving back his native country by providing educational opportunities to deserving students, and working with the Honduran Government and private business on the development of Honduras’ first college for fashion design. This year for his bold and convention breaking spirit as both a designer and American entrepreneur he was selected to create a capsule collection for a top brand Tequila.

Campos studied design at The Fashion Institute of Technology, afterwards embarking on a successful career as a design consultant for such brands as Zara, and PvH and as a Broadway costume designer for “Jersey Boys,” and “Fiddler on The Roof.” He has been awarded The Fashion Group International’s Rising Star for Menswear, and was a top-ten finalist for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. He was the first Latino-American Menswear designer to have been nominated as a fund finalist.


Arts & Culture Pioneer of the Year

(CEO/Artistic Director – Ballet Hispanico)

Eduardo Vilaro began his tenure as Artistic Director of Ballet Hispanico in 2009, becoming only the second person at the helm since the company was founded in 1970. In 2015 he expanded his role to also become Chief Executive Officer of the organization. Already the leading Hispanic dance organization in the U.S. Vilaro now plans to expand Ballet Hispanico’s vision and transform it into a household name. New initiatives include having ‘Ballet Hispanico Communities’ in different parts of the United States. There’s also the relationship with Cal State University in Los Angeles to involve their students in innovative programs. Houston and Miami are also in the works.

Vilaro was born in Cuba and has been part of Ballet Hispanico since 1985 as a principal dancer and educator. Vilaro has infused Ballet Hispanico’s legacy with a bold and eclectic brand of contemporary dance that reflects America’s changing cultural landscape.


Technology Innovator of The Year

(Chairman & CEO VIVA Entertainment Group)

After a career that began in the 80’s as DJ, music producer, and manager of the major Tropical artists of the time including Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, and Marc Anthony, Falcones has done a turnaround as the man behind one of the most exciting Apps to reach the market: VIVALiveTV

His VIVA Entertainment Group is a publicly traded company that delivers television services using the internet. The iOS version of Vivalive App for all iPhone, iPads, and Android devices is available for free to download. This year the stock continues to rise as the independently owned company is ready to tangle with the internet giants.


Fragrance & Grooming Trailblazer of the Year

(Givaudan Vice President of Perfumery-Fine Fragrance)

Rodrigo Flores-Roux is one of the most multi-dimensional perfumers in the industry and the only Latin American fine fragrance perfumer in the world. He is the nose behind the entire John Varvatos portfolio and fragrances for Tom Ford, Calvin Klein, Badgley Mishcka, Eizabeth Arden, and Clinique, among others.

After more than two decades of experience in the industry, Flores-Roux has acquired profound knowledge of his art, but what makes his style so thoroughly original is the high-voltage energy and exuberance he brings to his work. His fragrances have complex personalities, a sensual interplay of nuances, exhilarating story lines, and his passionate touch.

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Work out the Upper Body Conveniently and Effectively with E.C. Pushups…

An inventor from Ozone Park, N.Y., knows how difficult it can be to perform pushups with worthy results, so he has developed a new pushup method. “I wanted to find the most efficient way to achieve a uniform workout of the upper body via pushups, and I eventually came up with this idea,” he said.

E.C. Pushups enables a user to perform pushups in an easy and effective manner. It optimizes upper-body workouts, which promotes strength, fitness and confidence. Ergonomic, versatile, convenient, portable and easy to use, E.C. PUSHUPS is ideal for all fitness enthusiasts and athletes.

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Regional Champion Los Angeles Youth Football Players Who Won, May Actually Lose

Youth football players earned a spot to play in the national championship, but can’t afford to go

Press Release

updated: Dec 8, 2017 08:33 EST

A final push is being made to raise money to send the FBU LA Central 7th Grade team to compete in the National Championship in Florida. On the first weekend of December, LA Central defeated Arizona and Orange County to become the first FBU LA Central team in history to ever compete on a national level.

The FBU Central LA 7th grade teams consist of 23 local inner-city youth all-star football players. This is a unique format as FBU draws star players from every local league (with no weight limits).

Since the tournament is scheduled a few days before the Christmas holiday, the flight and lodging costs are $900-$1000 per player. Due to inflated prices during the holiday season, many players may not be able to make it.

These boys started gelling their chemistry back in early November and now have an opportunity to gain the priceless experience of representing not only themselves but their state, teams, coaches, family and friends who have supported them in becoming quality citizens, successful students and outstanding athletes.

Phenice Hurtado,
Team Mom

Fred Arteaga, the Los Angeles and Orange County FBU director is personally footing the bill for all the coaches, and corporate sponsor Discount Two-Way Radio has donated $600 to the travel fund. In addition, WingStop has also decided to help out by providing gift certificates to be raffled off. But time is running out, and all players need to be in Naples by Dec. 15.

Team Mom, Phenice Hurtado, has also set up a GoFundMe campaign. “These boys started gelling their chemistry back in early November and now have an opportunity to gain the priceless experience of representing not only themselves but their state, teams, coaches, family and friends who have supported them in becoming quality citizens, successful students and outstanding athletes,” she said.

“The boys worked so hard to get to this point. It would be devastating if any player doesn’t get the opportunity, and is left behind, these guys are a real team — they belong together,” says parent Ben Burns.

“These kids will get a chance to be exposed to major college football programs for an opportunity to earn a scholarship. College recruiting is getting younger and younger. Over 30 athletes alone from last year’s FBU tournament received D1 offers.”


About FBU

The FBU National Championship tournament celebrates and promotes youth football through uniting all-star athletes of all backgrounds from across the United States in a true, one-of-a-kind national tournament. The only national football tournament of its kind, the annual FBU National Championship crowns a national champion from brackets in grades 6th, 7th, and 8th.


Fredy Arteaga – Director of LA/OC

Source: FBU LA