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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.


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


All -State
Texas Catholic Interscholastic League - 1955

When most kids are in the fifth grade, they talk about becomming firemen or policemen or
doctors, and when they grow up most wind up doing something entirely different. When Xavier
Perez was in the fifth grade at St. Augustine Parochial School, he wanted to be a basketball star.
Success wasn't easy for the 5' 7" eager but with hard-work and determination, his dream
came true. He attributes his success to his first Coach Richard Morales Sr .. Basketball has
always been a big part of Perez's life. With an early start in elementary school, he was
accomplished enough to play on the St. Augustine Varsity. When he was in the eighth grade
and before the Texas Catholic Interscholastic League had rules banning such things.
When "Kid" was a senior in 1955, his team won District and was a finalist in the State Tourney.
Perez was picked All-District three years and selected to the All-State Team in his senior year.
He averaged 25 points a game that season. He represented Nuevo Laredo in the Tamaulipas
State Tourney in 1958 and was selected to try-out for the Pan American Games representing
Mexico but declined the offer and joined the U. S. Army. He played basketball and was picked
to the All -Armed Services European AII·Star team in 1960. He was also invited to the U. S
Olympic team try-outs but received his discharge before he could participate in them.
In 1972, Perez coached The Moody High School Trojans of Corpus Christi to the District
and Bi-District Basketball Championships. He and his wife Ruth and two children live in Corpus