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Hugo Martinez '01, JD '04 named chair of historic Global Clasico football game

08.16.2022 | By:

Texas Wesleyan will take on Arkansas State University — Campus Querétaro for the Global Clasico game, brought to you by the National Bank of Texas at Fort Worth (NBT). This event will not only host an international team, spectators and fans, but also give Texas Wesleyan the opportunity to celebrate our Hispanic community right here in Fort Worth.

The Honorable Hugo Martinez ’01, JD ’04 has been selected to serve as chair for this game which takes place on Aug. 27 at Farrington Field. Martinez served as Assistant District Attorney for the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office in Fort Worth from 2005 to 2010. He is currently an immigration judge for the Fort Worth Immigration Adjudication Center.

Here is what he has to say about the game and his alma mater.

Why is the game so important to you and Texas Wesleyan?

Since bringing back football, Texas Wesleyan has been steadily building a great program. Last year the Rams finished their first winning season since 1941. This year, the Rams will open their season by playing the first international football game hosted at Fort Worth's historic Farrington Field.

The Global Clasico is an opportunity not only to celebrate two great cultures but to highlight the amazing Texas Wesleyan football program. As a university alumnus and a Mexican American, getting to be a part of such an amazing event is truly special.

Why do you give back to Texas Wesleyan?

I give back to Texas Wesleyan in appreciation for the education I received, as well as the opportunity to offer others a similar experience. Giving back is not only a way to stay connected to the university, but an investment that will help inspire the next generation of students and alumni to change the world.

What was your favorite part of being a student at Texas Wesleyan?

My favorite part of being a student at Texas Wesleyan was knowing I was part of the RAMily. At the university, the focus is on individual attention in order to build a relationship with each student. It is the type of school where professors know exactly who you are. The approach fosters a greater sense of community among students and provides an environment to create lasting relationships.

How did Texas Wesleyan prepare you for life after college?

My education at Texas Wesleyan prepared me for life after college by giving me the confidence to continue challenging myself, while teaching me the importance of making a difference. It is because of this that I attended law school and eventually decided to go into public service. 

Tickets for the Global Clasico and other TXWES football games are now available online and can also be purchased on game days in the east ticket booth at Farrington Field.