On February 15, 2011, Special Agent Jaime Zapata was shot and killed outside Mexico City, Mexico.
Along with Special Agent Victor Avila, he had been assigned to the U.S. Embassy and both were attacked by 10 members of a drug cartel while on duty. The cartel members forced the agents’ vehicle off the road and opened fire--fatally wounding Agent Zapata and seriously injuring Agent Avila.
Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Zapata represented the courage, commitment and dedication to duty that so many other law enforcements exhibit every day. In remembrance of his life and the heroic efforts of all who serve, both past and present, the Zapata Family established a 501 (c) 3 foundation and, in 2017, introduced an annual fishing tournament.
Now entering its third year, the Jaime Jorge Zapata Fishing Tournament has attracted a growing number of boats/teams and anglers. Due to its success as a funding vehicle, the Foundation has been able to establish an annual scholarship program that provides instructional and educational opportunities for youth from low to moderate income families. Special consideration is given to families of the many law enforcement agencies who protect and serve our country and our lives. In 2018, the Foundation awarded fifteen $500 scholarships to deserving students.
The Zapata Family invites you to join their efforts in 2019 by supporting this cause through sponsorship of the Jaime J. Zapata Fishing Tournament, scheduled to be held on South Padre Island Sept. 13-14, 2019. Your participation would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for taking the time to review and consider our 2019 Jaime J. Zapata Fishing Tournament sponsorship packages. Please feel free to contact Tournament Director Betty Wells at (956) 561-1052 with any questions you might have. We would welcome the opportunity to work with your company and look forward to hearing from you soon.