Community – Charities & Scholarships

Since 2015, the New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame and its board members have given over $100,000 in scholarships and $120,000 to ALS – Lou Gehrig’s Disease – New Mexico on behalf of our former Board President, Gene Pino. Gene has been battling ALS since 2011. He still participates in all of the NMSHOF events.

The New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame understands sports are just one tool that can be used in the development of New Mexico’s youth, and the Hall is committed to highlighting the importance of education for student-athletes throughout the State. Through our scholarship program the Hall of Fame puts the spotlight on the future by supporting today’s student-athletes. Your support helps the Hall of Fame increase its commitment to New Mexico’s next generation of leaders.

Your involvement can make a significant difference in the lives of New Mexico’s aspiring student-athletes. Together, let’s continue to nurture talent, celebrate excellence, and create a lasting legacy that goes beyond the field. Get involved today and be a part of a story that changes lives and builds champions, both in sports and in life.


Marty Saiz – Board President


This prestigious nonprofit organization firmly believes in the power of sports as a transformative tool for the holistic development of New Mexico’s youth. The NMSHOF is deeply committed to underscoring the significance of education for student-athletes across the state. Through our impactful scholarship program, we shine a light on the potential of tomorrow by investing in today’s student-athletes. By supporting the New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame, you become a vital part of a legacy that nurtures and cultivates the next generation of leaders in New Mexico. Join us in this noble endeavor, and be a part of a movement that transcends sports, shaping futures and changing lives

Theo Barela Scholarships

In 2023, the Board created the Theo Barela Scholarship. Theo joined the Board in 2019. He would become the President in 2021. Theo suffered a heart attack on June 19, 2023. The Board rallied with Theo’s spirit to make the Charity Golf Classic and Induction Banquet first class events. The Board decided to give $2000 scholarships to the Male and Female High School Athletes of the Year.

Coach Mike Brown Scholarships

For 2024, the Board will be supporting the Coach Mike Brown Scholarships. Coach Mike Brown was inducted in 2018. Coach Brown passed away on June 30th, 2021, after a long battle with a rare form of Parkinson’s disease called Multiple System Atrophy (MSA).

Oscar “Mahlon” Love Scholarships

Also in 2024, the Board will start awarding the Oscar “Mahlon” Love Scholarship will be a new scholarship will be given to a deserving student-athlete. Mahlon is a lifetime board member. Mahlon was an original board member in 1973.


Our charity initiatives extend far beyond the realm of sports, touching the lives of many in meaningful and lasting ways. From our significant contributions to the fight against ALS – Lou Gehrig’s Disease, in tribute to our former Board President, Gene Pino, to our engagement in community upliftment projects, the NMSHOF embodies the ethos of giving back. These charitable endeavors are a testament to our belief that sports can be a powerful catalyst for positive social change

ALS – Lou Gehrig’s Disease

In honor of Gene Pino, our former Board President bravely battling ALS since 2011, the New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame actively supports ALS research and patient care. The Gene Pino Team leads this effort, organizing fundraising and awareness campaigns. Join us in this vital fight against ALS, continuing Gene’s legacy of resilience and hope.

Boys and Girls Club of New Mexico

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa/Del Norte was established in 1938. Since then, they have worked to save and change the lives of children and teens, especially those who need us most.  The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa/Del Norte have been providing youth of northern New Mexico with a safe, positive, and engaging environment and programs that prepare and inspire the youth to achieve Great Futures.