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Nation's Oldest and Largest Latino Civil Rights Organization Recognizes the Talents and Character of an American Sports Hero

September 20, 2023
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Houston, TX - September 19, 2023 - LULAC proudly recognized the remarkable career and character of Houston Astros' superstar, José Carlos Altuve, with the prestigious Presidential Medal for Outstanding Professional Athlete and Role Model. The presentation of this esteemed award took place at a special ceremony held at Minute Maid Park in Houston on Tuesday night. LULAC National President Domingo Garcia had the honor of bestowing this accolade upon Altuve, an athlete who has not only captured the hearts of sports enthusiasts but also serves as an inspiration to countless Latino youths.

"LULAC is honored to recognize a young man who exemplifies our community as an athlete and a role model to our youths," declared LULAC National President Domingo Garcia. "He inspires millions of Latino youths and fans to their highest possible achievement, as he has from his humble beginning to the heights of sports glory. The LULAC Presidential Medal is in good hands with Jose, and we look forward to seeing many more of his outstanding seasons and years of leadership as a legend in pro sports."

José Carlos Altuve, a native of Maracay, Venezuela, is more than just an exceptional athlete; he embodies resilience, dedication, and a relentless pursuit of excellence. His journey to becoming an MLB superstar began when the Houston Astros signed him as an amateur free agent in 2007. Since making his major league debut in 2011, Altuve has not only become the longest-tenured member of the Astros. Still, it has also solidified his place as a true baseball legend.

Dr. Sergio Lira, former Houston ISD school board member and a prominent leader within LULAC, shared his thoughts on the significance of this recognition: "Standing on the field with a sports giant is quite a personal experience, which I proudly accept on behalf of all the young people Jose inspires with his amazing feats. His example encourages us to continue believing in and mentoring the next generation of Latino youths who, like him, dream to achieve."

Altuve's stature on the field may be slight at 5 feet 6 inches and 166 pounds, but his impact is enormous. He has consistently showcased his prowess as a premiere contact hitter, earning him numerous accolades and setting records. From 2014 to 2017, Altuve recorded at least 200 hits each season, leading the American League in hits each year. In 2014, he achieved a remarkable milestone, becoming the first player in over eight decades to accumulate 130 hits and 40 stolen bases before the All-Star Game.

"José Altuve's impact reaches far beyond the baseball diamond," says Garcia. "He serves as an inspiration to countless young Latinos who aspire to greatness. His dedication to his craft, unwavering work ethic, and commitment to community involvement make him a role model in every sense of the word. LULAC is proud to call him familia," added Garcia.




The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation's largest and oldest Hispanic civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC's programs, services, and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting the critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit