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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







Andres "Andy" Garcia
2008 First Hispanic McDonald's All American

2004 Alexander High School
Newcomer of the Year
2008 Alexander High School 1st Team All State

Basketball Awards & Accomplishments


Newcomer of the Year, Alexander High School, District 29-5A.


1st Team All District, Alexander High School, District 29-5A.

1st Team All City, Alexander High School, Laredo Morning Times.


1st Team All Distric t, Alexander High School,  District 29-5A.

1st Team All City, Alexander High Shool, Laredo Morning Times.

All State Selection, Alexander High School, Elite 8 Appearance.


McDonald’s All-American Selection,
Alexander High School.
All-State Selection, Alexander High School.
1st  Team All District, Alexander High School, District 29-5A.
1st Team All City, Alexander High School, Laredo Morning Times. College Basketball Offers- Stanford, New Mexico State University.


3 Point Contest Champion, Laredo Swarm, ABA Semi-Pro League.

Basketball Accolades

2002 (1st Video Series)

Better Basketball: Better Ball Handling Video, Rick Torbett .


SLAM Magazine, June, Cover Article “The Godfather”.


Texas Magazine Pro Looks Sports 20 th Anniversary Edition, Featured Basketball Article.

2010 (2nd Video Series)

Better Basketball: Shooting 101 Video, Rick Torbett.


Elite Basketball Training Facility by Andy Garcia.