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KCPS is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with profiles of Latinos who have made a difference in our community. Today, we remember Yvonne Vazquez Rangel, an education advocate who lobbied for access to bilingual education. 

John Fierro Kansas City Notable Latino

KCPS is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month featuring notable Latino community members who have made a difference in the city and/or the nation. Today, we honor John Fierro, President/CEO of Mattie Rhodes Center and a long-time public figure in Kansas City.

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KCPS is continuing our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with a spotlight on Rebecca Jaramillo, an advocate for equal rights and a founder of Fiesta Hispana, one of the first celebrations of Hispanic Heritage Month in Kansas City.

Local Kansas City Hero Primitivo Garcia

Primitivo Garcia is often referred to as Kansas City's first local Hispanic hero. One KCPS elementary school is named after this hero after he gave his life to save his English teacher in 1967.

New Fits for Central Football Players, Courtesy of the Chiefs Ambassadors

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The Chiefs Ambassadors donated shirts, ties and workout clothes to the Central Blue Eagles football team on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022.

Thanks to the Chiefs Ambassadors, Central High School Blue Eagles football players have new fits.

“On game days, our kids wear shirt, tie and slacks,” said Coach DJ Pittel. “It can take them a little while for them to get used to it, but then they already have confidence when they have to wear those clothes to college and job interviews.”

Check out the Central High School Blue Eagles football album on Flickr.

For several years now, Coach Pittel and his colleagues have run a clothing closet for their players. But this year, he wanted them to have new shirts and ties in Central High School colors. So he reached out to the Chiefs Ambassadors, former players who volunteer with schools and charitable organizations in the Kansas City area. They generously reached into their own pockets, donating more than $1,600 to the football team.

They also called Keith Novorr, owner of Michael’s Clothing, a men’s specialty store with a long history of fitting athletes for formal attire. He visited Central High School in early August to measure the boys.

“This is what happens when you get into the big limelight,” Mr. Novorr said. “A tailor will come to you to fit you for custom clothing.”

Mr. Novorr keeps black-and-white Polaroids his dad took of Len Dawson and other Chiefs players in the ‘60s and ‘70s. He said it was a pleasure to fit the next generation of athletes.

A young man in a Central Blue Eagles jersey is fitted by a tailor.

Keith Novor, owner of Michael's Clothing, fits tenth grader Rashad Rodgers for a new dress shirt and tie.

“Let me guess,” Mr. Novorr said, extending his tape measure. “Defensive end?”

Rashad Rodgers, known affectionally as "Nugget" to his teammates, smile. The tailor had guessed right.

Senior McKenzie Carlock said he’s excited to step off the bus to play Lexington at the Blue Eagles' first game of the season.

“This shows student-athletes that the community really cares about them and their program,” McKenzie said said.