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Excerpts — Latinos in U.S Sport

Latino sport heritage shaped by various races and cultures

Here, we take a look at the sporting heritage of Latinos from past centuries of recorded history.

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Boxing seen as path to a better life for many Latinos

During the Great Depression, Latino immigrants struggling to survive in hard times viewed boxing as a path toward economic advancement.

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Latin American involvement in U.S. soccer

Latinos are often at a disadvantage compared to their white counterparts in U.S. soccer, and have found ways to create their own opportunities.

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Sport used as a tool for assimilation into American life

In the early 20th century, sport was often viewed as a way to turn wayward Spanish speakers into “real” Americans.

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