Odilon "Odie" Arambula


Sportsman of the Year
Laredo Morning Times Editor
"Friend of the Youth"

Odilon "Odie" Arambula, editor of the Laredo Morning Times newspaper, and a long-time sports enthusiast and community leader, is the Latin-American International Sports Hall of Fame "Sportsman of the Year" for 2004 Arambula is cited by the Latin Hall, as who, through his profession, has promoted the awareness and support of sports, education, humanitarian programs youth activities for the betterment of Laredo and the South Texas community) He is a graduate of Martin High School, Laredo Junior College and the University of Texas School of Journalism where he was a staff writer and sports editor for the school's newspaper The Daily Texan. A highlight of his 32 years at the Laredo Morning Times came in the Year 2001, when he was recognized with the Hearst Corporation Newspapers "Eagle Award." Throughout his career as a newspaperman, Arambula has worked with countless volunteer groups serving on some 23 boards and as President of organizations like the Ruth Cow I Rehabilitation Center, the 8 .E.S .T. organization, Washington's Birthday Celebration Association, South Texas Food Bank, Kiwanis Club, Little League Baseball, and the UT School Journalism Alumni, among others. He was recently honored with the Kiwanis "Paul Harris Award" for service to community and the Lulac Council No. 12's "Tejano Achievers" recognition for "preserving and promoting our Latino and Tejano culture."