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NFL Bestows Prestigious Award on Recreation Director top

Photo: Gabe Albornoz

Gabe Albornoz, director, Department of Recreation, was presented with the National Football League’s Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award at the September 22 Redskins-Lions football game.  Created by the White House, the award honors notable Latinos who have distinguished themselves in various fields and made an impact on America and beyond.

The National Football League’s (NFL) Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award, created by The White House to honor notable Latinos who have distinguished themselves in various fields and made an impact on America and beyond, has been presented locally to Recreation Department Director Gabe Albornoz.  The award, presented during Hispanic Heritage Month in all 32 NFL markets nationally, was presented to Albornoz during halftime at the Washington Redskins vs. Detroit Lions football game on September 22.
           
“I am honored to receive this award and thank the National Football League,” said Albornoz.  “This award speaks to the tremendous support of my family and colleagues and reflects the values of the Recreation Department and the entire Montgomery County government that celebrates and recognizes the richness of Latino culture and the value of diversity.”

Albornoz has dedicated most of his career to fighting for children, youth and families across the Washington Metropolitan region. Before being appointed to his current position, he served as deputy director of the Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers, part of the Latin American Youth Center organization, providing youth programs that focused on practical life and work skills to help youths become successful adults.
 
In addition to serving as director of the Recreation Department, Albornoz also serves as co-chair of the County Executive’s Positive Youth Development Initiative and co-chair of the Senior Sub-Cabinet. He was appointed by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley to serve on the Commission for State Parks, as well as the Maryland Partnership in Nature Initiative. He sits on the board of directors for the Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families; St. Anne’s Home for Children, Youth and Families; and currently serves as Chairman for the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee.

As director of Recreation, Albornoz has earned a reputation for being steadfast and determined to safeguard services for the most vulnerable Montgomery County residents, including programs serving youth identified to be at a greater risk for academic failure and services to ensure that senior adults have ample opportunities to live independent and healthier lives.

“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 Isiah 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.”


Police Officer Brings Home the Goldtop

Photo: Police Officer Sherif AlmiggabberMontgomery County Police Officer Sherif Almiggabber returned from the World Police and Fire Games (WPFG) -- held in Belfast, Ireland from August 1 – 10 -- after winning two gold medals in Greco Roman and Freestyle wrestling.

This was the second WPFG competition for Officer Almiggabber, a patrol officer in the 4th District. In 2011, he participated in the games held in New York City where he received two silver medals.

“It was a tough competition but I conditioned for two years to prepare for what I faced in the 2011 games,” said Almiggabber.  “I’ve wrestled since I was a teenager and I love the sport.  Participating in competitions keeps me motivated to stay physically fit, which is critical in police work.”

Almiggabber says he trains year round with running, boot camp and weight lifting and, leading up to a competition, he participates in wrestling drills.  He also competed in the U.S. Police and Fire Championship held in San Diego, CA in 2012 and won two gold medals in the same events.
 
The World Police and Fire Games is a biennial athletic event consisting of a wide range of individual and team sports, open to active and retired law enforcement and fire service personnel throughout the world.  This year’s games featured almost 7,000 competitors across 56 sports at 41 venues, with 3,500 volunteers.  The 2015 Games will take place in Fairfax, VA from June 26 – July 5.

“Recovery isn’t as easy as it was in my younger days, but if I’m healthy, I will not rule out competing in the 2015 games,” said Almiggabber.

Officer Almiggabber trained and traveled on his own time, in addition to covering all expenses involved with his trip to Ireland.

 




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Last edited: 9/26/2013