Darvin Ham

Greivis Vasquez: NBA player, sports diplomat

Greivis Vasquez: NBA player, sports diplomat

Former Maryland Terrapin guard Greivis Vasquez, who is now a member of the Memphis Grizzlies, is in his native Venezuela this week as part of a U.S. State Department "sports diplomacy" program that hopes to use athletes to improve international relations, especially between countries with strained relationships.

Vasquez, a Venezuelan citizen, is teaming with former NBA player Darvin Ham and former WNBA Player Kayte Christensen to hold a series of basketball clinics for kids, as well as meet with local sports officials. It's a similar mission to the one Orioles Hall of Famer Cal Ripken went on with the State Department to China several years ago.

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