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July 19, 2009

Irma Garcia Featured on National Tv Program American Latino

St. Francis Athletic Director to Appear on MY9 This Sunday at 3:00pm

American Latino TV, a nationally syndicated TV show about Latin Americans making an impact in the United States will be featuring St. Francis College Director of Athletics Irma Garcia as part of the program airing this Sunday, July 19 at 3:00pm on WWOR MY9.

AD Garcia, the first Latina to head an NCAA Division I Athletics Program, is heading into her third season at the helm at St. Francis College. “It’s great to be on a show that has focused on so many people that have such an influence on our culture,” said Garcia. “I’m proud of my Latina heritage and even though I had no idea I would be breaking down barriers when I finally achieved my goal, I hope my success helps more Latinas rise to realize their dreams.”

The upcoming episode of American Latino TV also features award-winning soprano singer, Ana Maria Martinez and Steve Lopez, the real life reporter portrayed by Robert Downey Jr. in the film, "The Soloist." Other episodes have focused on a diversity of Latinos like actors Eva Mendes and Freddy Rodriguez to athletes like New York Jets new quarterback Marc Sanchez and women’s basketball star Rebecca Lobo to musicians like Celia Cruz and Dave Navarro.

Last year, AD Garcia was honored at The White House by MANA, A National Latina Organization. Garcia began her relationship with St. Francis College as a student athlete playing for the Women’s Basketball Team. She graduated in 1980 and returned eight years later as to coach the women’s team. Under her leadership, the Terriers excelled on and off the court. Twelve of her players were honored on post-season Northeast Conference (NEC) teams, five are now in the College’s Athletic Hall of Fame and one player, Carolyn Harvey, is the first St. Francis woman to play pro ball. In the classroom, Garcia’s teams finished fourth and 23rd in the country in combined grade average out of 300 Division I teams. Before becoming AD, Garcia served as Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator, building up solid experience in managing large parts of the athletic department.

American Latino TV airs Sunday on WWOR MY 9 at 3:00pm.

St. Francis College, founded in 1859 by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, is located in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. Since its founding, the College has pursued its Franciscan mission to provide an affordable, high-quality education to students from New York City’s five boroughs and beyond.
St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201

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