Established in 2006 as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization

Our Purpose

The Hispanic Sports Foundation for Education invests in our youth through education and motivates aspiring students by acknowledging successful leaders who reflect the highest values of our heritage.

• We Promote Our Future: We provide scholarship assistance to advance lifelong learning, leadership and service to community.

• We Proclaim Our Leaders: We identify outstanding Hispanic men and women who demonstrate achievement in education, athletics, business, arts & entertainment, military, and public service; we also identify non-Hispanics who have contributed significantly to the development of Hispanic youths. We honor these individuals in the National Hispanic Heritage Hall of Honor. Visit the HALL OF HONOR page. Click twice for an overview and an update of how several former inductees helped us to continue investing in youth during the Covid restrictions. Click once to read the stories of some of the previous inductees.

• We Project Our Heritage: Our National Hispanic Heritage Hall of Honor establishes a legacy of portraits and stories of remarkable lives. We organize face-to-face encounters between community leaders and students to impart the values of self-esteem, personal responsibility and higher education.

Our Mission

We come from a heritage of God, family, and country that calls us to motivate and empower the next generation.

Just as our forebears worked hard to build a better community for the future, we commit our leadership, resources, and efforts to finance scholarships, establish effective relationships with institutions of higher learning, and mentor youth.

The National Hispanic Heritage Hall of Honor recognizes those who have used educational opportunities and natural talent to achieve new horizons. We bring their stories to the classroom to inspire students.

We harness the power of sport – the discipline of conditioning, the synergy of teamwork, and the challenge of competition – to develop personal skills, self esteem, and integrity.

We are Hispanic-Americans, and believe that every child is worthy of encouragement, guidance, and support in his or her quest to lead and serve.

HSFE Membership

Leaders Dedicated to Supporting Young Scholars

Our membership is committed to fostering a strong and capable influence in the community dedicated to the encouragement and support of aspiring youth. Members not on the Board of Directors serve on committees (headed by a Director) and at our fundraising events, attend membership meetings as may be called by the Board of Directors (including the annual membership meeting in January), pay annual  dues, and participate in other HSFE functions.  For a complete description of membership and other policies, consult the HSFE By-Laws.

HSFE welcomes inquiries by any individual interested in joining our organization; visit the CONTACT page for options on contacting us.

Current Members

Gilbert G. Arias – Board Executive Secretary

Alan E. Baxter, J.D.—Board Member at Large

Joe Cortez – Board Member at Large and President; co-founder

Danny Cortez — Board Member at Large

Pauli Garcia — Board Member at Large

Ruben Martinez, CPA—Board Treasurer

Kenneth Saks, J.D. – Board Member at Large and Vice President

Richard V. Silva – Board Member at Large

Wayne F. Yakes, M.D. – Chairman of the Board


Advisory Board

Victor Rodriguez, PhD; co-founder; Hall of Honor

Barney Smith; owner of SmithPrint

Maj. Gen. Alfred Valenzuela (Ret); Hall of Honor

Leonard B. Rodriguez


Associate Members

Maria Antonietta Berriozabal, Hall of Honor

William “Bill” Hickey


In Memorium

Mary Rose Cardenas; Hall of Honor

Willie Crafts; Hall of Honor, charter member

Paul Elizondo; Hall of Honor

BG Belisario Flores; Hall of Honor

Rode Gonzalez; Hall of Honor, charter member

Barbie Hernandez

Jose Mendoza Lopez; Hall of Honor

Roland Lopez; Hall of Honor, charter member

Gabriel Rivera; Hall of Honor

Rita Vidaurri; Hall of Honor

Danny Villanueva, Hall of Honor


Charter Members

Cecil Lara; Hall of Honor

Ed Ramirez

Robert Zamora; Hall of Honor