Haiti names former NBA player Olden Polynice Goodwill Ambassador

Haiti has named former NBA player Olden Polynice, who was born in Port-au-Prince, a goodwill ambassador for the country, according to Carribean Journal.

“The appointment of our friend and compatriot, Olden Polynice, as goodwill ambassador of Haiti, is a way to thank him and give him the opportunity to contribute to the struggle of our government to provide a better life to the [Haitian] people by inviting investors to come and invest in Haiti,” Haiti President Michel Martelly said Thursday.

Polynice said he was interested in implementing several projects in the country, among them the construction of a gym and sports centre for young people to “develop healthily and learn,” he said.

Polynice is the latest in a line of celebrities to be named goodwill ambassadors for Haiti, the most recent being actress Maria Bello.

Polynice played 15 years in the NBA, for Seattle Supersonics, Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons, Sacramento Kings, and Utah Jazz.

In 1058 regular season games (658 started), Polynice averaged 7.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg in 23.5 minutes of playing time.

During the 93-94 season, Polynice averaged double double with 11.6 ppg and 11.9 rpg (ranked 5th in the league).


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