World No. 1 Rafael Nadal received the Silver Cross on the merit of the Civil Guard earlier this week, for his recent collaboration to promote the National Interuniversity League of Challenges in Cyberspace, according to Marca.
Nadal could not receive the award when the earlier ceremony was held by the Civil Guard in October, hence he received the distinction later. In his speech of thanks, Nadal described receiving the award as "a true honor" and thanked "the great work that the Civil Guard does every day.
When we see you, citizens feel safer and better accompanied." The deputy operational director, Lieutenant General Laurentino Ceña Coro highlighted the "selfless support" of the tennis player in his work to disseminate the cyber league project of the armed institute.
The lieutenant general stressed that the promotional message that Nadal recorded, reached more than 200,000 people and made it possible for more than a thousand young people to participate. The Silver Cross recognized his "brilliant work" as a cyber league ambassador who has performed "exceptionally."
. Coinciding with its 175th anniversary, the Civil Guard carried out this first National Interuniversity League of Challenges in Cyberspace, a pioneering initiative to capture youth talent that was presented in June by Interior Minister Fernando Grande Marlaska.
Nadal starred in the Cyberleague promotional video, in which he "challenged" students to demonstrate everything they knew about cybersecurity. The competition took place between September and November. The winners of this first cyber league were the Hackit team of the University of Granada in the team module, and the student of the Autonomous University of Madrid, José Ignacio García Gómez, in the individual module.