UCF home football games for the first time in 2022 will feature a Spanish radio broadcast, presented by Florida Blue and accessible through a link from the main athletics webpage, UCFKnights.com.
“As a designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), we’re thrilled to announce the Spanish broadcasts of our football games,” said UCF vice president and athletics director Terry Mohajir. “As Orlando’s Hometown Team, I believe we have a role to serve all members of our community and invite them to be a part of Knight Nation.”
There are more than 62 million Hispanics in the United States, and an estimated 41.7 million U.S. residents, or 13.5% of the population, speak Spanish at home.
The U.S. Department of Education officially designated UCF as a Hispanic Serving Institution in 2019, paving the way for the university to secure additional federal funding to improve the educational experience of Hispanic and low-income students. To become a qualifying institution, Hispanic enrollment must be at least 25% of full-time-equivalent undergraduate students. UCF’s Hispanic enrollment was 28% for Fall 2021.
UCF has invested in numerous pathways that serve Hispanic students and position them to succeed, including peer mentoring programs, leadership development and a variety of partnerships including one with Google to assist students with developing their digital skills for career readiness. This summer, UCF joined the Alliance of Hispanic Serving Research Universities, which aims to double the number of Hispanic doctoral students and increase the number of Hispanic faculty by 20%. Last year, UCF earned the prestigious Seal of Excelencia from Excelencia in Education, a reflection of the university’s commitment to accelerating Hispanic student success, and Hispanic Outlook magazine ranked UCF among the top schools for awarding bachelor’s and master’s degrees to Hispanic students.
Carlos Bohorquez, who will handle play by play, has been the Spanish radio play-by-play voice for the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers since 2018. Bohorquez has additional experience calling soccer matches in his native Venezuela and here in the United States. He also has worked on numerous shows on Univision and currently serves as the producer for Todo Tampa Bay.
Sergio Ruiz Torres, the color analyst, is the Spanish play-by-play voice of MLS Orlando City SC. Ruiz is in his eighth season at the helm on Acción 97.9FM/810AM. A former sports anchor for Univisión Orlando, the native of Venezuela also serves as a producer and reporter for Telemundo Orlando and previously broadcast World Cup qualifying, Copa America and Copa Libertadores matches.
“We are excited to add Spanish broadcasts for all UCF football home games this season,” says Marc Daniels, UCF director of broadcasting and radio play-by-play voice of the Knights. “As Knight Nation continues to grow across the area and beyond, we feel this allows us to serve the demand of that growing fan base. We are thrilled to add Carlos and Sergio to our broadcast team of talent. They bring tremendous experience and passion and look forward to the new season.”
The Spanish broadcast streams will be available for all seven UCF home games at FBC Mortgage Stadium, beginning Sept. 1 vs. South Carolina State.