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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


Hall of Honor Inductee
Texas High School Coaches Association
Fort Worth · August · 1968

Although orphaned at an early age and raised by his brothers and sisters Everardo
C. Lerma didn't let this keep him from betomming successful as an athlete, coach,
community worker and family man."l owe what honors I've received in my life to
them and God," said Lerma. He is the first coach inducted to the Laredo Hall.
Born and raised in Kingsville, Everardo and Gerald Alvarez were the first hispanos
to play football for Kingsville High in 1933. That year, Lerma was chosen to the All·
District team.
E. C. played for Texas A&l in Kingsville from 1934-38 and was the first Mexican·
American to participate in Athletics for that school. He is well -known by South
Texas Sports fans as he was coach and Athletic Director at Benavides and
also coached at Rio Grande City. Lerma's son, John, was selected to the All·
American Prep team as Quarterback while a senior at Rio Grande City. He
later starred for Baylor University. Other players that he coached which later played
in college include Max Vera (Benavides) and Ross LaGrange (Rio Grande City) who
played for Texas A&l Charles LaGrange (Rio Grande City) started for Texas A&M.
The Texas High School Coaches Association selected Coach Lerma to Their Hall
of Honor in 1968. He was inducted into Texas A&l's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1977.
Lerma's other honors include being named to the Personalities of the South and the
Sports Trail Century Club. He and his wife and daughter live in McAllen.