Family fun events scheduled for national NCLR conference

NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will celebrate the influence of the growing Latino community at the 2015 NCLR National Latino Family Expo July 11–13 in Kansas City, Mo.

Home to a strong Latino community with more than a century of history, Kansas City will play host to this exciting event held alongside the 2015 NCLR Annual Conference at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Mo. The entire family is invited to a weekend of educational and engaging activities for adults and children alike, all free of charge.

Featuring more than one hundred exhibitors, the NCLR National Latino Family Expo will feature complimentary health screenings, opportunities for visitors to get involved in NCLR’s advocacy work, giveaways, and more. At the Health/Tu Salud Pavilion, Expo visitors will have access to free vision, dental, diabetes, and blood pressure screenings, along with cooking demonstrations. This year, the Expo’s KC Experience Pavilion is bringing back the popular Copa NCLR youth soccer tournament, taking place at the official mobile field of Sporting KC, Kansas City’s professional soccer team.

At the NCLR Family/Familia Pavilion, visitors can learn more and get involved in NCLR’s advocacy work for the Latino community at the Advocacy Central booth. Attendees also have the opportunity to network and discover career and educational opportunities at the Career and Education/Tus Oportunidades Pavilion. At the Community/El Barrio Pavilion, visitors can meet with housing and financial counselors to review attendees’ credit reports and address housing challenges, made possible with support from the U.S. Treasury Department.

In addition to these events, the Expo will feature a host of local musical talent and popular costumed characters, including Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer and Diego along with Donatello and Leonardo from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, courtesy of Viacom. Doki from the Discovery Channel and the GEICO Gecko will join mascots from KC Sporting and the Kansas City Chiefs, along with the Kansas City Chiefs cheerleaders. Pitching and batting stations will be available from the Kansas City Royals.

The NCLR National Latino Family Expo, title-sponsored by UPS, is a unique and exciting gathering focused on providing activities and resources for the Latino family that are open to the public and free of charge. Composed of six themed pavilions, the Expo offers resources and activities designed to educate, entertain and empower Latino families.

For more information on the national conference, visit www.nclr.org/index.php/events/nclr_annual_conference/.

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