A charitable organization supporting young Texans

Tribute to Frankie B. Mandola 1947-2016

Co-Founder and President of TIASF

Who We Are...



The Texas Italian-American Sports Foundation provides scholarships to deserving college student athletes and contributes to youth-oriented programs and charities.


We also promote Italian-American heritage in Texas communities through a variety of social functions and charitable events.


The Texas Italian-American Sports Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization. We were founded in 1982.


Every year TIASF awards $1000.00 scholarships to deserving student athletes who participate in a school sanctioned sport, make passing grades and have a financial need. Participants may remain in the program for four years, providing they continue to meet the scholarship criteria.



See photos from our previous

Scholarship Luncheons

Some guests at the 2015 Scholarship Luncheon. More pictures here.

Phil Garner with Alyson Footer at the 2014 Scholarship Luncheon. More pictures here.


Frankie B. Mandola


Carlo Dechiro

Vice President

Daniel Sessions


Sandy Embesi


Ross Gagliano

Scholarships Chairman


Sam Biondo •  Charlie Cash • Sam Listi • John Mandola • Michael Patronella • Lynda Pontecorvo • Noxie Romano



Joe (Bubba) Butera • Matt Galante • Ciro Lampasas, Sr. • Damian Mandola • Frankie J. Pizzatola III • Cindy Richardson


Texas Italian-American Sports Foundation   •    713-863-0056   •   info@TIASF.org   •   PO Box 130163   •   Houston, TX  77219-0163