Victor Cruz has more on his mind than football. The NFL player recently told HuffingtonPost that he plans to teach his daughter Kennedy, 6 months, everything there is to know about Spanish culture so that happily embrace her Puerto Rican and African American heritage when she’s older. Check out the interview!


On teaching his little girl Spanish:

“I want to make sure she is fluent in the language because that’s one of the issues we are facing with kids today. These young Latino kids are not learning Spanish because their parents are already so Americanized. I definitely want to teach my daughter Spanish.”

On wanting to teach daughter her culture:
“I want her to understand her culture. Understand that she’s not just African-American, she’s also half Puerto-Rican. I want her to understand the food, culture and visit Puerto Rico. Particularly visit these different areas that really shaped me as a kid because that’s where my grandmother is from.”

On what he would most like to give his daughter:
“I just want to give her some stability. Growing up, I had my mom but I wish I had my dad as well. I want to give her the stability of having both parents in the household so she can live up to all her dreams. I think having both parents is definitely going to benefit her.”

On being African-American and Puerto Rican:
People ask me that all the time. I look African-American but my last name is Cruz, so they were always wondering what I was. They’d be astonished at first and then they come around and understand once they get to know me and my parents more.

Read More at the HuffingtonPost




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