The Miami Marlins joined Lanugo, the Miami-based Latino-oriented children’s apparel line that raises awareness among the future generation of Latinos of their cultural roots, this past Sunday. The day celebrated their initiative “Soy Americano y Latino de Corazon,” inspired from a need to find a constructive way for our community to express deep frustration surrounding the inflammatory Twitter remarks/attacks lobbed at 12-year-old Mexican-American Sebastien De La Cruz and Puerto Rican singer Marc Anthony for singing the national anthem and God Bless America during Major League Baseball’s All Star Game 2013.

In an effort to turn both negative situations into something that ‘sings’ with positivity, Miami residents Roberto Castro and his wife Carla Curiel, came up with an idea — send out a national Latino call to action for individuals and families to send in videotapes singing the Star Spangled Banner. Once the videos are received, they will be edited into one film showcasing Latinos from across the country singing the National Anthem.

Co-founder of Lanugo and the “Soy Americano y Latino de Corazón” initiative Carla Curiel takes the field with the kids to sing “God Bless America” at the bottom of the 7th inning at Miami Marlins game this past weekend

Press had the opportunity to interview the Latino couple—Miami residents Carla Curiel and her husband Roberto Castro—founders of this inspiring, heartwarming initiative, as well as a representative from the Miami Marlins, who spoke about the organization’s support of this local Hispanic initiative.


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