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Dodgers' Rizzo gets HOPE Rising award

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers broadcaster Alanna Rizzo will be honored by Hispanas Organized for Political Equality on Thursday as part of HOPE's 26th annual awards dinner at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.

"I am truly honored to be receiving the HOPE Rising Award," Rizzo said in a club release. "When an organization like HOPE, that for 26 years has been working to advance and amplify the voice of Latinas, notices your work and the impact it has on others, it only elevates my commitment to continue to work harder to open the doors for young Latinas that follow in my footsteps."

She will be introduced by Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez as the HOPE Rising honoree. HOPE is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to ensuring political and economic parity for Latinas through leadership, advocacy and education to benefit all communities and the status of women.

Rizzo is entering her third season as SportsNet LA's in-game reporter for games called by Charley Steiner, Orel Hershiser and Nomar Garciaparra, while also hosting the pregame and postgame shows from Dodger Stadium.

Rizzo came to the Dodgers from MLB Network, after working with ROOT Sports Rocky Mountain in Denver as a sideline reporter and host for the Colorado Rockies, University of Colorado and University of Denver broadcasts. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder with a master's degree in broadcast journalism.

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