Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice named All-Star Slugger Ken Griffey, Jr. a Public Diplomacy Envoy today. In accepting the honor, Griffey is charged with the challenge of "spreading the values of the United States" by helping to spark "interest in America and in our culture."
"Public diplomacy must be a dialogue," Rice said after meeting with Griffey in Washington. "This dialogue must extend to every citizen in every country, especially to young people."
Well-known athletes who exemplify the best in their sport, as an athlete and an individual, are appointed by the Secretary of State to be American Public Diplomacy Envoys. These special envoys not only reach out to youth through sports but promote the best aspects of American culture and democratic principles.Obliged to you for hearing me,
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