Star of both movies and television, Adam Rodriguez is widely known as the heroic Detective Eric Delko on “CSI: Miami.” His making a difference, however, does not end with his character.
Rodriguez is also a member of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s Board of Directors and is one of the faces of a HSF Ad Council campaign to raise awareness among Latino parents about the important role they play helping their children through college.
“It’s about giving them a support system,” he said… “[Latinos] are growing in numbers and we have to couple that with education.
Education is key.”
Rodriguez was born and raised in New York. His mother, born in New York of Puerto Rican heritage, was an airline ticket agent, and his father, of Puerto Rican and Cuban descent, an executive with the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. They stressed the
importance of education for him and his sister.
As a result Rodriguez places tremendous value on education, stating in an interview with "Fox News Latino" that, “the only way to advance is through education.”
As a student at Clarkstown North Senior High, Rodriguez had hopes of becoming a professional baseball player and had even received scholarship offers to play in college. An injury to his spine, however, ended that dream, but it was also in high school that Rodriguez dabbled in acting and won an award from his theater class. After graduation (and a brief detour into the life of a NY stockbroker), he focused his attention on his passion and what became a successful career as an actor, writer and director.
Today, Rodriguez divides his time between Los Angeles and New York where his family still resides. His experiences have created a personal resolve to see students advance.
“I want to make sure that kids have an option,” he said.
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