About The Latin American International Sports Hall of Fame

In the United States, there are Sports Halls of Fame that honor professional and amateur athletes in football, basketball, track, tennis, baseball and other sports. There are also ethnic halls of fame that recognize outstanding athletes from different groups including Italian, Jewish, Irish and blacks to name a few. But, there was not a single sports hall of fame that would recognize, honor and salute the outstanding accomplishments/achievements and contributions of our Latino/Hispanic Sports Heritage not only from the United States but also those who came to this country from Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Central and South America and from the vast talent from the Caribbean Islands. The Latin-American International Sports Hall of Fame/Salon de Ia Fama Latinoamericano del Deporte was organized in Laredo, Texas in 1974. At first it was to celebrate, honor and promote local and regional individuals who had excelled at their particular sport but soon it opened the doors to include National and International Professional Athletes. It also recognizes as Sportsman of the Year individuals who continue to preserve and enhance our Latino culture, values and educational opportunities for our youth and who contribute to the betterment of the City of Laredo and South Texas. There have been since its inception an equal recognition of women athletes inductees. It was important to find role models for our youth and the organizers wanted to include all ages, regardless of sex in their programs. The Latin Hall was also created to promote economic development and stimulate business activity in downtown Laredo when local businesses are contracted to provide services to our inductees, their families and guests who visit Laredo during the annual 3-day welcome reception, media luncheon and induction banquet celebration weekend. Through the years. (1975-2014), and with limited amount of funds the organization has, had the opportunity to help the youth of our community with scholarships and other youth activity fundraisers. Plans are to have a Latin Sports International Hall of Fame Museum (downtown) (soon) which will be a first for the United States and to provide clinics (free of charge) to instruct our youth in different sports.

Mission

The Latin American International Sports Hall of Fame was founded in 1975 to recognize individuals with good and proper standing in the community, high morals and values and who have excelled in sports and/or have contributed to the promotion of sports and goodwill in the Latino community.


Latin American International Sports Hall of Fame

47th Annual Induction Banquet

2024 Inductees

 


 

1963-64 San Diego Vaqueros

2-A State Basketball Team

 

Albert Bracero

UISD Puerto Rico Olympic
Baseball Team

 


2008 Gateway Girls Big League

World Series Team

 

 

Elsa Hinojosa

UIL States Teams Champion
 

 

 

Lic. Eduardo Garza Roble Garza

Sportsman of the Year
 

 

 

 
 
 



Dear Friends:

On behalf of the Latin American International Sports Hall of Fame, I would like to welcome everyone to our 48th annual event. We are proud to honor our heritage and recognize Latinos who have set high expectations and broken boundaries to excel in the field of sport.

This year’s honorees will join over 300 legendary sports figures that have been inducted into the Latin Sports Hall of Fame. It gives us great honor to acknowledge their contributions into the sports world and in our culture. Every year we select an individual for the Sportsman of the Year Award who supports our Hispanic culture, values, and educational and recreational opportunities for the youth of Laredo and South Texas. This year we are very pleased to award this recognition to Lic. Eduardo A. Garza Robles.

Also, we express our sincere gratitude to the City of Laredo, Webb County, local businesses and to all contributors who help our labor of love year after year. We invite and encourage everyone to continue to support and nominate Latinos that have excelled and become champions on and off the field, court or track so we can continue to pay tribute to their successes.

Manuel "Manolo" Rangel
President