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NFL Hispanic Leadership Awards single out Charlotte charity leader for honors

Volunteer Veronica Munoz, right, help a client with picking out items she might need at the Camino Community Center pantry. The Camino Community Center is an organization that serves low income people in the Greater Charlotte area by providing services to help them meet some basic needs during a crisis
Volunteer Veronica Munoz, right, help a client with picking out items she might need at the Camino Community Center pantry. The Camino Community Center is an organization that serves low income people in the Greater Charlotte area by providing services to help them meet some basic needs during a crisis ogaines@charlotteobserver.com

The Carolina Panthers have selected Rusty Price, founder of the Camino Community Center in north Charlotte, as the recipient of the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award Presented by Nationwide.

The awards recognize the contributions of Hispanic leaders in each NFL market. The Carolina Panthers will honor Rusty Price at their game on Sept. 24 game against the New Orleans Saints.

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Rusty Price Camino Community Center

Price and his agency are best known in the community for working with Charlotte’s immigrant population, including a medical clinic, food pantry and workforce development. The center serves over 20,000 clients annually, of all races and nationalities.

He founded the Camino Community Center in 2004 to provide a basic primary healthcare clinic for the Latino community. In that time, the center has grown to provide an expanded variety of important services, including support for the homeless.

This is the seventh year the NFL, Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Nationwide have partnered for the award, which is announced during Hispanic Heritage Month. The award includes a $2,000 donation.

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is a nonprofit that promotes cultural pride and accomplishment in the nation’s Hispanic community.

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