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Greivis Vasquez Will Participate In State Department Run Trip To Venezuela

Former Maryland Terrapin and current Memphis Grizzly Greivis Vasquez will take part in a State Department run trip to Venezuela starting this Thursday. The trip is considered a "sports diplomacy" mission, with the hopes of improving relations that have become very icy recently between the two countries, according to Frederic J. Frommer of the Associated Press.

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Vasquez, who is from Venezuela, along with former NBA player Darvin Ham and former WNBA player Kayte Christensen, will hold basketball clinics for kids, and meet with local sports officials.

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Because nobody represents good international relationships better than Darvin Ham. But all kidding aside, this has to be a great honor for Vasquez. Being able to broker relationships between his place of origin, and the place he now calls home. I'm not sure how effective this trip will be; based on that article the relationship between the two countries does not sound very strong. But every little bit helps.

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