"CHAMPION OF CHANGE" IN CONNECTING THE AMERICAS
July 25, 2012
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.
“The nine Champions of Change we honor today highlight the power of proximity. These members of the Latin American Diaspora remind us that geography matters, that being a good neighbor is both good manners and a good investment. The Champions that we recognize today have helped their countries and communities of origin, and in doing so have bettered our region as a whole,” said Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson. “These 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.”
The Champions of Change program is part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for their work to serve and strengthen their communities.
To watch this event live, visit www.whitehouse.gov/live at 10:30 am ET on July 27th.
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 two countries.