Padres celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebration includes Fiesta in the Park, Roberto Clemente, Jr. and a Padres Volunteer Team community event

The San Diego Padres today announced plans to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month during the final weeks of the 2015 season. As part of the celebration of different Hispanic and Latino countries, Roberto Clemente, Jr., son of the legendary outfielder, will be in San Diego to take part in a number of initiatives associated with Hispanic Heritage Month. The Padres will host an in-game celebration with Fiesta in the Park prior to this Friday's game vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Padres Volunteer Team presented by Toyota will partake in a Tijuana River Valley cleanup on Saturday, October 3.

Prior to last night's game, Roberto Clemente, Jr. was on hand to help honor Padres pitcher Andrew Cashner as the team's nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award. Cashner is one of 30 Club finalists for the award, which recognizes players that embody the game of baseball through their work in their community and helping others. Clemente, a 15-time All-Star, was the first Latino inducted in to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Also during his visit to San Diego, Clemente, Jr. visited Feeding America yesterday, along with the Padres Volunteer Team presented by Toyota, to help sort and distribute food. Feeding America San Diego is a non-profit hunger relief organization that distributes healthy food to 60,000 children, families and seniors in need each week.

Fiesta in the Park starts at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 25 at Park at the Park, featuring a performance by Como la Flor, a Selena tribute band. The group will play a one-hour set beginning at 5:30 p.m. While enjoying Selena's greatest hits, fans can also enjoy food and beverages that will be available for purchase. Folklórico dancers and Mariachis will also add to the atmosphere at the Park at the Park.

As part of the Fiesta in the Park festivities, Friday's pregame ceremony will honor all of this year's recipients of the Padres Hispanic Heritage Comunidad Award. Established in 2012, the Hispanic Heritage Comundidad Award recognizes and pays tribute to individuals or organizations whose work has made a positive impact on those who live and work in San Diego's Hispanic community.

The 2015 recipients include Niki Mani, founder of Stop Diabetic Blindness, in the area of youth health (LIVE); Gabriela Baes, a migrant services aide with the San Diego County of Education, in the area of youth education (LEARN); Alex Rejto, creator of the La Costa Canyon Youth Organization Champions League, in the area of youth fitness (PLAY); and San Diego Police Officer Edwin Garrette in the area of military/first responders (SERVE) for providing inner-city youth the opportunity to have positive interactions with law enforcement through his work with STAR/PAL.

Mexicali's Seguro Social Little League team will also be recognized during the pregame ceremony Friday. The team advanced to the International Championship game of the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Penn., before falling to the eventual World Champions from Japan. Other elements include Eduardo Ortega, the Spanish-language voice of the Padres, announcing the night's lineups in Spanish, as well as other themed in-game entertainment.

The Hispanic Heritage Month focus continues into October, when the Padres Volunteer Team presented by Toyota, will host a volunteer event on Saturday, October 3, to help clean up the Tijuana River Valley. Volunteers will be pulling trash, tires and more from the riverbed before the debris can make its way out to the Pacific Ocean. For more information, or to sign up to volunteer visit www.padres.com/volunteer.

Tickets for all remaining home games can be purchased at the Petco Park box office, online at www.padres.com, by phone at 619.795.5555, and at the Padres Store in Tijuana.