September 27, 2013

Recreation Director Receives NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award

Montgomery County Recreation Department Director Gabriel Albornoz has received the National Football League’s (NFL) Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award which is presented by Courtyard by Marriott during Hispanic Heritage Month in all 32 of the NFL’s national markets.

The prestigious awards were created by The White House to honor notable Latinos who have distinguished themselves in various fields and made an impact on America and beyond.

Albornoz was recognized onstage during a star-studded 26th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards ceremony at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. where he was introduced by NFL Hall of Famer Anthony Muñoz. He was also introduced and honored at Fed Ex Field during the September 22 Lions-Redskins game.

“Gabriel Albornoz is a dedicated, committed leader who has remained focused on the importance of providing purposeful and meaningful programs and services to ensure that all residents have opportunities to accomplish their full potential,” said County Executive Ike Leggett. “The NFL made an excellent choice in selecting Gabe as a leader who has made many significant contributions in enhancing the quality of life for so many in the Washington metropolitan area, and I congratulate Gabe on receiving this prestigious award.”

Albornoz has served as the director of the Montgomery County Recreation Department since his appointment by Leggett in January 2007. He is the youngest cabinet-level appointment in the history of Montgomery County. As director, he is responsible for overseeing a $28 million budget; 34 recreation facilities, including community recreation centers, administrative offices, aquatic centers and senior centers; and more than 3,000 employees. Through its programs, services and facilities, the department serves more than 600,000 County residents each year.

Read more about Gabe’s accomplishments.

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