The resumption of U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations means a special person is needed to serve as an ambassador of all things athletics and competition between the two countries. 

On Friday, the U.S. State Department named Shaquille O'Neal its official sports envoy to Cuba.

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"This people-to-people program taps into the unique strength of sports — including basketball — to reach out to young people and promote cooperation and engagement in Cuba," according to a State Department news release.


’Neal will draw on his personal basketball and business background to highlight the importance of social inclusion and respect for diversity. During his time in the country, O’Neal will visit historically significant cultural sites in Havana to encourage positive ties between the U.S. and Cuban people."