2015 Inductees

Dr. Alfredo Trevino

For Dr. Alfredo Trevino, challenge and adventure have led his interests in both tennis and medicine, which he sought specifically for the test of his own skills and capabilities. At a very young age, teachers,

Family and friends knew that medicine was his career goal and it carried on to his alma mater at Martin High School in Laredo, Texas where he took on the challenges found in the popular sport of tennis. He found tennis to be fun and it also opened up many valuable opportunities of which he took advantage to the fullest. In the field of medicine, Trevino aimed to be a general practitioner, however, he learned early on that he preferred to pursue ophthalmology. Perhaps, because of his younger years when his car mechanic father taught him, becoming an ophthalmologist was the natural course to follow. Today, he stands assured that he made the right choices and continues his practice in the hometown that offered him so many opportunities for service and success.

Along with his Air Force military service, Trevino went on to obtain many honors from such organizations as Doctors Hospital, Rotary Club and the National Tennis League. Among his most notable honors is that of becoming the first Hispanic President of the United States Tennis Association – Texas (2011-2012). His community service is unyielding providing great opportunities to such organizations as Laredo Boys and Girls Club, St. Augustine High School, Laredo Border Olympics and Laredo Tennis Association. For his Latino community of Laredo and Webb County, Dr. Trevino remains directly involved with any team, school or service group seeking to provide as many scholarships to students as possible in an effort to keep the momentum of desiring to obtain an education. Hope and dedication is offered from both ends of the funding spectrum as providers see hope of their investment and recipients see the dedication required for success.

Dr. Trevino, from the onset, helped pave the road for future Latinos in the field of tennis when in the beginning of his young tennis career there were few teammates representing Hispanics. Although he did not personally experience any harsh or direct discrimination for being Hispanic, he did see the need to promote the sport among the Latino community whenever possible. Dr. Trevino’s advise for the future generations of Latinos is that one must be prepared. Mental preparation, as with any sport, is one that requires specific types of training and you can only find the type of training you need through an educational institution. Therefore, one must take any opportunity given, both big and small, to journey their way through to a future that is set to take on the new leaders and we must all strive to be among those leaders.


Manuel "Manolo" Range (2011)

A proud Mustang of the J. W. Nixon High School Class of 1982, Manuel Rangel continues to serve his community with the passion and stamina that he delivered as the Nixon High School Varsity Basketball Team Captain during his senior year and through it all.

As a dedicated family man, Rangel admits that his parents Jose and Maria Rangel, along with the rest of his family, are all proud of his accomplishments yet he points out that it was through the training and discipline taught by these faithful Catholic role models that he was able to reach such heights. Growing up, Rangel remembers, our responsibility was to try our best. The end goal was not only to win but also to do your best and enjoy the game.

Upon graduation, Manuel continued his academic pursuits at the University of Texas in Austin, proudly joining the Class of 1986. He continues to serve the community as a dedicated leader and offers his volunteer services to youth sports such as High School Scorekeeper for both LISD and UISD Basketball. He has led as Board of Director for Border Olympics and annually holds the management position for the Del Mar Little League Junior/Senior Division. In 2011, Rangel managed the PONY 14U Division leading them to the World Series Championship in Washington, PA. Laredo and the Latino community will forever retain the memories of achievement, hope and dedication that remain in the hearts and minds of those who lived it.

As a Latino role model, Rangel directs his attention to his upbringing which stipulated that one serves the community by giving back in honor of those who provided for us in some way, shape or form. Manuel insists that we must take action and be an example of good teamwork and cooperation and avoid the negative mentality of selfishness. Life demands action, Rangel advises, and we all have an obligation to give back through actions and more specifically, through positive actions. He adds, “The truth of the matter is, I love coaching and teaching. No one does it for long or very well if they don’t love doing it in the first place.” Do what you love, he recommends; follow your passion.

For future generations, Rangel advises to be prepared, specifically to be prepared through education. All should aim to attend college and continue going as far as you can. We must always strive for more, he claims, but not in a selfish way. Rangel states, “The future is there for all to claim, but we must be prepared to receive what it has to offer.” In other words, the key to success and happiness is based on the training and it is this training that Rangel knows best as a child from a strong, disciplined culture that is the legacy we celebrate and honor today. Remembering our roots and those who paved the way before us so that we may have what we have today is important, Rangel points out, for continued progress.


Herberto Hinojosa (1960's-70's)

Herberto “Herbie” Hinojosa , multi-stakes horse racing jockey in North America was born in Brownsville, Texas and started racing horses at the young age of eight. Once the leading stakes rider in the world, he was in three Triple Crown campaigns.

 

At the 1961 Belmont Stakes he outran the Kentucky and Preakness winner “Carryback”. In the 1974 Preakness Stakes, he was second ahead of “Cannonade” whose prior win was the Kentucky Derby and in 1978, he was fourth behind “Affirmed,” the last Triple Crown winner. Hinojosa won races over top winning jockeys such as Willie Shoemaker, Johnny Longdren, Bill Hartack and Eddie Arcaro in top stakes races throughout his career. In his latter years, of racing, Hinojosa would mentor apprentices that became jockey stars like Angel Cordero Jr., Chris McCarron and Julie Krone.

He also won races for Roy Rogers, Cliff Robertson and Audie Murphy during his Quarterhorse tour of the west coast. Hitting four homeruns in a game is a major feat to accomplish in sports and equivalent to winning six races in a single card. Herbie did it more than twice in his career. He was a multiple graded stakes winner who became the 31st North American jockey to reach his 3,000th win in 1981. He had 25,160 career starts, winning 3,334 coming in second 3,349 and third 3,246 times with total earnings of $17,962,176.

These numbers did not include his prior ten years of racing Quarterhorses in the Southwest tracks of New Mexico, Arizona and California where he became the leading rider of the State of New Mexico. In 1963, Hinojosa’s yearly earnings were greater than football’s Jim Brown; basketball’s Wilt Chamberlain; golfs Jack Nicklaus and baseball’s Mickey Mantle. After riding for fifty years and experiencing every race track in the United States and Canada, Herbie returned to his hometown of Brownsville, Texas.


Ernesto Uribe

The journey of Ernesto Uribe begins with his birthplace in Hebbronville, Texas and leads to the beginning of his sporting career on the track team at Raymond and Tirza Martin High School in neighboring Laredo where he was raised and taken under the wings of great mentors.

 

Ernesto attributes his success to coaches and brothers Johnny and Alfonso Valls who, along with Col. Oscar Hein and Coach Albert Ochoa, guided and inspired his pathway to college after graduation in 1956. Good fortune followed through his collegiate passage as roommates and coaches continued to further help him attain two undergraduate degrees (Agriculture Education and Journalism) and then a Masters in Sociology from Texas A&M University. Here also, with the beginning of his college freshman year, he dated his future wife Sarah Meade who was from Laredo Martin as well and married in 1959. The legacy left by Uribe is that of lettering in both high school track and football where the Valls brothers coached and trained the potential they saw in this young man and who Ernesto attributes his success to for their dedication and preparation time invested in him. Entering Texas A&M College with a full athletic scholarship landed Uribe in the Aggie varsity track team where he ran all hurdle and sprint events and surprised the coaches by beating all but one upperclassman. Uribe has always considered himself a team player, and it is this discipline and training that has instilled in him the appreciation for those who have taken the time to educate and motive the younger generation. Through inspiration and motivation, Ernesto claims, leaders such as Coach Ochoa offer hope and encouragement for a college future.

A thirty-year career trek lists national and international workforce skills and experiences from around the world in various capacities in International Communication and Diplomacy. Uribe possesses in-depth knowledge of all media relations, public relations and is a Latin American specialist founded on his extensive field experience in Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Uribe recalls many bosses who were wonderful mentors and who offered their time guiding him through the intrigue and challenges of his career. He attributes his good fortune along the way to ‘someone up there watching” over him. Now retired, Uribe has amassed an interesting collection of novels, journals and other publications, many of which address Hispanic culture and academic patterns of behavior when choosing a college.

Uribe is well aware of the trends and patterns that are being set up for the future that anticipates the turning tides of the Hispanic American leading the nation as a political majority being aggressively courted by both Democratic and Republicans willing to invest academic funding sources for the future Latino votes. Primarily, because of this current state of affairs among our culture and relations with others, it is essential that the future generation must prepare with an education or any kind of training. All kinds of skills are necessary, Uribe notes, for the future generation of Latinos and all cultures of the melting pot of America.


Carlos Treviño

An example of a sports career that is directly tied into the premise of our organization is that of sports historian Carlos Trevino who has been dedicated to preserving and reporting for posterity.

In essence, the legacy of Trevino is that he was in the front lines of recording many of those hall of fame recipients that we have honored and continue to honor. Specifically, he has provided a large portion of the history that we strive to retain for ourselves and, curiously, he has unknowingly supplied himself as an active and proud historian. Trevino took on a big plate in choosing to cover Texas and New Mexico sports throughout his career, but then it seems befitting for a dreamer with big dreams. Without proud pioneers like him, we would today be without much of the history that has been preserved because of stewards like Trevino.

For many Latinos, Carlos is a role model for those who want to follow their passion. He has experienced the struggles and challenges of the world of sports first hand and served as a beacon of experience for all those willing to commit their time in any way. His invaluable service is one that cannot be measure for it influence and effect on today’s generation. As with most leaders, their legacy is one that passes the test of time. It is through this recognition and honor bestowed to Mr. Trevino that we aim to preserve him and all his contributions to sports. The journey comes full circle through our acknowledgement that it is time to honor those who have honored us with their coverage throughout their careers.

We stand assured that our commitment to conservation of the past will always be thankfully carried on by those future generations that Trevino has touched throughout his life.


Jose Lothario

Jose Lothario born Guadalupe G. Robledo on December 12 1934 in Torreon Mexico. Jose is one of 8 children born to his parents. At the age of 9 he was kicked out of his home and forced to live on his own on the streets of Torreon. Jose learned at a very young age that he would have to take care of himself. Learning how to work odd jobs the streets became a way of life.

Jose had become friends with some wrestlers that had suggested to him that he begin training to be a boxer. After several years of boxing his weight and growth was too big for the boxing level he was at so a friend had suggested that he transfer to learning to wrestle and that is where it all began. Wrestling in Mexico drew attention of promoters in the United States wanting to bring in the Hispanic wrestlers. In 1956 Jose began traveling back and forth between the US and Mexico. Gaining in popularity the promoters asked Jose to consider staying in the United States to travel all throughout the country. Jose lived first in Arizona then moved to California for a few years, then moved to Florida where he met his wife Jean. After a couple of years in Florida Jose was approached about a new promotion in Texas, therefore moving him to San Antonio Texas where he still lives. Jose continued his wrestling career as well as taking on the roll of promoter for South Texas and booking venues for World Class Championship Wrestling. During this time it allowed him the opportunity to travel to Laredo Texas nearly every other week for over 10 years. During the 10 plus years that Jose headlined countless main events in Laredo, he was extremely instrumental in helping The Laredo Noon Optimist Club raise significant amounts of funds that were distributed by The Club to various youth oriented charities throughout the community. From the youngest wrestling fan to the oldest senior citizen – Jose was a sports icon who was loved and adored by wrestling fans throughout Laredo. Throughout the years Jose visited Laredo, he would always make time to help The Optimist Club and their constant desire to raise money to help the youth of Laredo. Jose never forget about Laredo and Laredo will never forget Jose!

Jose enjoyed over 40 years in the professional wrestling world as wrestling has always been in his blood, he also trained some of the best known wrestlers like Gino Hernandez, The Von Ericks and Shawn Michaels. Wrestling was the greatest career for Jose to have, not only did it afford the opportunity to travel the world it also provided him the opportunity to help others and use his popularity to bring awareness or help raise funds for many of charities and non-profit organizations. Jose currently still lives in San Antonio with his wife of 45 years and spends his time with his 3 children, 4 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.


Olaf Heredia

To be considered a legendary goalkeeper, it is believed that one is more than an effective shot-stopper and a perfect physical specimen.

 

For many, legends are ones that are inspirational and who serve to reassure their team that they can afford to take chances or suffer missteps knowing that they have a dependable backup. It is the legends that rise to the occasion and pledges to fans and their countrymen that they will block the shot and not allow to be scored upon. For Olaf Heredia, his success, influence and inspiration has reached beyond borders and culture and has won more than titles and prizes but the hearts and minds of his peers, fans and followers. Heredia, born Carlos Olaf Heredia Orozco in Apatzingan, Mexico, is the fifth of seven children and remains the pride of many Latinos who have followed his career with the Pumas (1978-1984), Tigres (1984-1987), Morelia (1978-1990), Cruz Azul (1990-1993), and Santos Laguna (1993-1997).

Among the most outstanding of his career is that of playing in the FIFA World Cup for Mexico in 1986. Olaf Heredia is among the great Latino role models such as Luis de la Fuente and Andres Guardado who set the standards for the future generations of athletes. As the most popular sport in the world, soccer has had a great impact on the United States primarily attributed to the growing majority of political Latino markets becoming more involved with Major League Soccer.

Olaf, among the known and unknown, is one who will continue to serve as a great source of inspiration for generations to come and it is appropriate that he is honored and recognized during this special 40th anniversary when we unite to remember and preserve all memories of leaders before. All symbolize the levels of fitness and dedication that sportsmen like Heredia endorses and that is of practice and training, which is what leads to success.