Editor’s note: ESPN celebrates 25 years of Hispanic Heritage Month by highlighting the contributions of Latinos in sports. For coverage in English from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, click here. For coverage in Spanish, visit ESPNdeportes.com.
ESPN and ESPN Deportes kick off the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration tonight with One Nación (ESPN and ESPN Deportes, 8 p.m. ET), a show centered around the countdown of the top 10 most influential Hispanic athletes of all time.
Front Row visited the set in Los Angeles, where the show was produced, to catch up with the ESPN team that helped put the show together. In the video above Etan Harmelech, associate director of ad sales integration, and Hugo Balta, coordinating producer, explain what One Nación is, how the top 10 athletes were selected, and the importance of highlighting the influence Hispanics have in the world of sports.
The show is hosted by ESPN Deportes’ Adriana Monsalve and ESPN’s SportsCenter anchor Max Bretos with a lineup of renowned guests that include: two of the greatest boxers of all time Roberto Duran and Julio Cesar Chavez; former MLB stars and ESPN analysts Nomar Garciaparra and Candy Maldonado; Cuban-Puerto Rican softball star Lisa Fernandez; Mexican-American former quarterback Jim Plunkett; first Hispanic starting quarterback in NFL and Super Bowl-winning head coach Tom Flores; Puerto Rican hall of famer golfer Chi Chi Rodriguez; Puerto Rican actress Rosie Perez; Roberto Clemente’s family including his wife, Vera and two sons, Luis and Roberto Jr.; and ESPN commentators Alexi Lalas, Fernando Palomo and Jorge Ramos. The special also features Latin Grammy winner Daddy Yankee who performs his song “Limbo”.
The show will also unveil a special donation to the Bresee Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Los Angeles. The donation is earmarked for sports equipment and is being made on behalf of ESPN and in honor of the top athlete on the list.
Video produced by Ruben Torres