Jun 15, 2011 10:32 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
WASHINGTON (AP) - Three current and former basketball players will be in Venezuela this week, part of a State Department "sports diplomacy" effort at a time of icy relations between the two countries.
The State Department will announce that Memphis Grizzlies guard Greivis Vasquez and others are participating in the people-to-people exchange starting this Thursday. The Associated Press obtained details of the trip ahead of its official announcement.
Vasquez, 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. Vasquez is a Venezuela native.
Venezuela's foreign minister said last week that relations between the two countries are frozen, and that his government sees no possibility of improving them.