Milka Duno is the first Venezuelan Athlete to be inducted into the Latin Americna International Sports Hall of Fame

Racer car driver Milka Duno will be inducted into the Latin American International Sports Hall of Fame at the 35th Annual Latin American International Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Laredo, TX this Saturday, January 30, 2010.

Duno will be the first Venezuelan athlete inducted into the Hall of Fame.

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Latin American International Sports Hall of Fame, which was founded in 1975 to recognize individuals who have excelled in sports and/or have contributed to the promotion of sports and goodwill in the Latino community.

The Hall of Fame serves to honor and salute the outstanding contributions and accomplishments of local, regional, national and international athletes and sports personalities that have enhanced the heritage of Latinos in sport.

"The Latin American International Sports Hall of Fame is proud and honored to have selected Milka Duno as a 2010 inductee. Milka was selected for her racing achievements, her personal excellence in education and her passion in stressing the importance of education to students of all ages,” said Pitin Guajardo, Founder, Latin American International Sports Hall of Fame. “We have been able to bring major national and international sports figures from every sport to our city to honor them for their athletic excellence - while also recognizing athletes and supporters of athletics from the local and surrounding area. This unique opportunity opens Laredo to the world of sports and focuses attention on our city every year at this time.”

“I’m honored to have been selected as an inductee for the Latin American International Sports Hall of Fame 35th Anniversary Induction Ceremony – and very proud as well to be the first Venezuelan athlete inducted!” said Duno. “As a young girl growing up many athletes served as inspirations for me – as athletes have for millions of children all over the world– and I feel that it is important for young people to have these sources of inspiration. I never imagined that one day I might be recognized in this way. It is both a privilege and a responsibility to be included among all the other Hall of Fame alumni and I will do my best to live up to that privilege and responsibility.”

Duno's racing career to date has generated remarkable and historical results –some of which include:

A vast array of athletes and sports personalities have been recognized throughout the Hall’s history. These include athletes from the United States, Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean Islands, as well as Central and South America. Hall of Fame alumni include athletes such as Major League Baseball’s Minnie Minoso (Chicago White Sox), Juan Marichal (San Francisco Giants), Orlando Cepeda (St. Louis Cardinals) and Tony Perez (Cincinnati Reds), the National Football League’s Danny Villanueva (Dallas Cowboys), Orlando Canizales (Boxing) and USA Olympic Gold Medalists Crystal Bustos (Softball), Lisa Fernandez (Softball), and Steve Lopez (Martial Arts – Taekwondo) – to name a few.

In conjunction with the Hall of Fame and through her “Milka Way” program Duno will be speaking to students at United High School in Laredo on Friday, January 29 as part of the two-day Hall of Fame schedule of activities.

Duno, a qualified Naval Engineer with four master's degrees - in Organizational Development, Naval Architecture, Aquaculture and Maritime Business (earning the last three degrees simultaneously) – will speak to the students about how a strong academic background will benefit them their entire life – in all aspects of their life – and in any career they choose.

“I am very passionate about education and I want to do everything that I can to inspire students of all ages to study hard and aim for the stars," says Duno. “I feel blessed to be able to speak with students here in Texas as part of the Hall of Fame’s 35th Anniversary Induction activities." For more information about the Latin American International Sports Hall of Fame please see