Former Maryland standout Greivis Vasquez will be among nine people honored at the White House on Friday through its "Champions of Change" program, which recognizes"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.Vasquez, a native of Caracas, Venezuela andguard forthe New Orleans Hornets devotes "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."The ceremony will be shown live Friday at 10:30 am ET onwww.whitehouse.govlive.