Philip VI after delivery to Rafael Nadal the Camino Real prize, awarded by the Franklin Institute of the University of Alcalá, recognizes Spanish professional work that, in an excellent and outstanding way, evokes and enhances the positive image of Spain in the United States.
The award ceremony, which celebrates the fifth edition, was hosted by the Auditorium of the University of Alcalá. In his speech, the King defined the tennis player as “universal” Majorcan and Spanish, as well as an “example” not only in sports. With this recognition our Rafa Nadal is a new link in an excellent Spanish chain that contributes to the promotion of the best image of Spain”. Placido Domingo, Valentin Fuster, Pau Gasol and Antonio Banderas.
Nadal, for his part, has dismissed the possibility that the delivery of this award implies that his career is coming to an end: “The intention is to continue with the name of Spain.”
Franklin Institute Advisory Council the University of Alcala unanimously agreed to award the prize to the tennis player because “beyond the positive projection of Spain’s image in North America that its victory at the US Open (2019), as well as previous editions of 2010, 2013, 2017, and in other tournaments played in North America -Indian Wells, Cincinatti, Miami, Montreal, and Toronto-, the personification of the highest qualities of athletes: sacrifice, effort, fairness, humility in victory and greatness against the confrontations; he is a mandatory reference for youth because of his honesty, his ability to overcome, and respect for his competitors; It is also worth mentioning his personal participation in various social activities from the Rafael Nadal Foundation, integrating vulnerable minors, caring for young people with intellectual disabilities, and strengthening the personal and social development of children and young people in Spain and India”.
The Franklin Institute of the University of Alcalá is the only University Research Institute on North America in Spain. Founded in 1987, its activity focuses on postgraduate research and teaching related to North American Studies and Bilingual Education through projects, scholarships and research grants, and its dissemination in its own scientific publications and events.
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