Jul 26, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT
Vasquez is set to be honored as a “Champion of Change,” an honor given as part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative, which recognizes educators, entrepreneurs, and community leaders for their work.
“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,” Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson said in a release.
“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.”
Vasquez, a native of Caracas, Venezuela, has run basketball camps in his home country and was also part of the “Sports Diplomacy” program created by the US State Department to “to help foster improved relations” between the two countries.
He graduated from Maryland in 2010 after averaging 16.0 points and 5.7 assists per game over his career as a Terrapin. He now plays for the New Orleans Hornets, where he averaged 8.9 points and 5.4 assists per game in 2011-12.
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