The Louisiana American Italian Sports Hall of Fame was formed to recognize the American Italians of Louisiana who, for generations, have participated and excelled in the sports arena. Through the efforts of the LAISHF, the contributions of American Italian sports became a means to escape the ghettos by using their God-given talents. Athletics, sportsmanship, and exemplary moral character were for years synonymous. In the belief that “a good athlete today make a great leader of tomorrow,” the LAISHF has developed a scholarship program to assist youths presently excelling in local sports.

Each year an annual induction banquet honors one national sports figure and inducts outstanding Louisiana athletes, both past and present, into the Hall of Fame. Proceeds benefit the American Italian Cultural Center, and scholarships for college-bound high school seniors excelling in academics and athletics.

Louisiana American Italian Sports Hall of Fame
Inductees & Award Winners
2017

Alexander Rossi
National Honoree

Charles Bordes
Linda Prattini
Frank Tritico
Sports Hall of Fame Inductees

Chris Owens
Joseph I. Giarrusso Civic Award

Steve Tyrell
Louis Prima Arts & Entertainment Award

Dominic Massa
Buddy “D” Media Award

Sal Serio
American Veteran Award

Dr. Michael Adinolfi
Dr. Adriani Medical Education Award

Elizabeth Parent
Louisiana American Italian Woman of the Year

Lawrence E Auriana
Joseph Maselli Heritage Award

Deana Martin
Special Guest

2016

Ed Marinaro
National Honoree

Phil Greco
Duane Reboul
Sports Hall of Fame Inductees

Tony Lorino
Joseph I. Giarrusso Civic Award

Tony Lo Bianco
Louis Prima Arts & Entertainment Award

Jerry Vaillancourt
Buddy “D” Media Award

Herbert P. Montalbano
American Veteran Award

Dr. William LaCorte
Dr. Adriani Medical Education Award

Dr. Maria Falco, PhD
Louisiana American Italian Woman of the Year

Jack Marucci
Special Achievement Award

2015

Vince Ferragamo
National Honoree

Tony Papa
Anthony Scelfo
Sports Hall of Fame Inductees

Hillar Moore, D.A.
Joseph I. Giarrusso Civic Award

Robert Davi
Louis Prima Arts & Entertainment Award

Gary Rispone
Buddy “D” Media Award

Colonel Ignatius P. Liberto
American Veteran Award

Dr. Vincent Liberto
Dr. Adriani Medical Education Award

Bette Cadwell
Louisiana American Italian Woman of the Year