Lajos Vermes was born in Subotica. He was a landowner, benefactor, a sports enthusiast and an athlete. He advocated a motto "a sound mind in a sound body" and sport in general. From 1880 to 1914 he organized sports games in Palić, which were in the spirit of Olympic games. That was 16 years before Pierre de Coubertin renewed modern Olympic Games. He gathered hundreds of best athletes from all over the Europe. This bronze statue was erected in 2004.