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Our purpose

The Ohio Hispanic Coalition aims to bring events in fulfilling our mission and addressing the needs of the Latino/Hispanic communities throughout Central Ohio.


Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-Off Celebration

VIP: MURAL UNVEILING – "Despertando del sueño americano" (Waking from the American Dream) a Latino Mural Project, with support from the Ohio Arts Council, will be the first Latino heritage artwork in Columbus and VIP sponsors and honored guests will have an exclusive, first-look opportunity to view the completed mural of 28-feet-tall and 15-feet in length for 420 square feet in canvas.

YOUTH SOCCER TOURNAMENT – The Ohio Hispanic Coalition’s Niños en Accion (Kids in Action): Youth & Education department will host a Soccer Youth Tournament with over 8 teams with over 40 participants and their families at the soccer pop-up court or futbolito, provided by the Columbus Crew. The tournament will be held from 4PM to 7:30PM. Sponsors will have the opportunity to be on the court to engage with Latino community members.


WHO: Event sponsors, partners, public officials, community leaders, and participant families

WHAT: Hispanic Heritage Month Exclusive VIP Mural Unveiling & Youth Soccer Tournament

WHEN: Friday, September 16th, 2022, 4PM-7:30PM

WHY: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month kick-off in a meaningful way that supports Latino community members in Columbus; welcome new Latino artwork to Columbus; support Latino community and local craft beer company; engage in health and sport-related initiatives among Columbus community; engage with Ohio Hispanic Coalition’s programs and projects that empower Latino communities; engage directly with Columbus’ Latino youth and families; and honor the Latino community’s contributions to the fabric of the Central Ohio area.

Please email Sarah Brown to get more details.

Visionary Presenting Sponsor:

Special event

Día de los Reyes Magos

Día de los Reyes Magos — "The Three Wise Men" celebration is one of the agency's largest community events. The event is a Latino tradition that would take place on January 6th where the tree wise men would bring gifts to Baby Jesus. 

The origins of the celebration began in overcoming the barriers that many providers would require a social security number for children or be within a certain zip code area to receive toys during the holiday season. Many Latino/Hispanic families could not provide the required documentation and children would go without presents.


The event includes a toy for every child ages 3-10, traditional Latino food, music, parade a toy giveaway, and raffles all free for Latino/Hispanic families. Día de los Reyes Magos event is usually held on the second weekend in January in the Columbus Area.

Día de los Reyes Magos 2020

Día de los Reyes Magos 2020

Special event

Ohio Padrino
Recognition Awards

A Padrino is considered a person’s godfather, serving as a protector, mentor and confidant among the Latino communities. 

The Ohio Padrino Recognition Awards is based on a deeply rooted compadrazco system that exists all over Latino America. It is the notion of an extended family and the idea that many are there to support each other. 

The Award is the most important recognition award presented to an individual, organizations or corporations who have provided mentorship, assistance, support and encouragement to the advancement to the Latino community in Ohio. 

This year, the Ohio Padrino Recognition Awards is partnering with the Ohio Hispanic Coalition in celebrating its 30th year of service to the community. This milestone represents the presence of the Latino community in Ohio for more than 30 years, as well as starting the celebration of the Hispanic Heritage Month.  


Come back for more information for the 2023 The Ohio Padrino Recognition Awards. 

For more information in how to get involved, please visit our website below:

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