During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture.
Hispanics have had a profound and positive influence on our country through their strong commitment to family, faith, hard work, and service. They have enhanced and shaped our national character with centuries-old traditions that reflect the multiethnic and multicultural customs of their community. Councilman Eloy Morales says “I am proud to have been raised in the City of Inglewood and the influence it has had on my life. As a city, we should continue to acknowledge our youth as they reach greatness.”
Rafael Solorzano is a rising star in Morales’ District 3. The high school sophomore is a medal- winning cyclist who recently placed second in the Jr. Track National Championships of the USA Cycling Foundation. He now has his eye on the 2020 Summer Olympics.
Introduced to cycling by his uncle, young Rafael took to the sport like a duck to water. “After a while of training I was actually pretty good, I started to beat kids who had been doing that for a few years already when I only had a few months of experience!”
Now, nearly 4 years into the sport, Rafael trains up to 8 hours a week from the VELO Sports Center in Carson to the hills of Palos Verdes. But his heart is in Inglewood.
“I want to make Inglewood look great and restore this city of champs, and put it at the top to be what it’s known for,” Rafael said.