Thursday, June 16, 2011

Greivis Vasquez Engages in Sports Diplomacy

Greivis Vasquez (2006-10) is working with the US State Department and the NBA as part of the SportsUnited program to reach out to kids in Venezuela. The Baltimore Sun had this story about Vasquez's sports diplomacy today. Excerpt:
Vasquez said he approached the U.S. Embassy in Caracas recently about doing some work for the community. Ann Stock, the State Department's assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs, said that Vasquez's name came up when the State Department contacted the NBA about its program.

"Close to 65 percent of the people in the world are under age 30," Stock said. "We need to figure out ways to engage with those young people, and sports have always been a way to do that. Greivis is a perfect person for this program, because he's so personable and he's a role model to a lot of kids. He's going to learn a lot too."

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