On Friday, July 27th, the White House, along with the U.S. State
Department and U.S. AID, will honor leaders who have exemplified
extraordinary successes and efforts toward the development of and diplomacy with their countries or communities of origin.
Greivis Vasquez, a native of Caracas, Venezuela is a professional
basketball player for the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets. After receiving his degree in communications from the University of Maryland in 2010, Greivis realized a lifelong dream by being drafted in the first round of the NBA Draft to play for the Memphis Grizzlies. Greivis devoted much of his free time over the years to youth sports camps in Venezuela and was invited to partner with the US State Department in their “Sports Diplomacy” program to help foster improved relations between the twocountries.
“Exceptional individuals, with their work in sports and community development, in education and financial inclusion, inspire others by their example. In a region with such profound human links between our societies, ideas and inspiration spread quickly to the benefit of people all over the Americas and the Caribbean.”