BUENOS AIRES (National team) - Manu Ginobili is to be appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
The San Antonio and Argentina guard will commit himself to "contribute with enthusiasm and his ability" to develop and cooperate with the institution's job, according to a statement released by UNICEF.
Manu, who won the Olympic gold medal in 2004 and three NBA titles with the Spurs, will help in the "research of solutions to different problems that affect Argentinian children."
The institution goes on to explain that the 30-year-old player was selected "because of his commitment to children, the job his own foundation has done and the development of activities to promote the good of children."
Ginobili told Argentinian TV station Todo Noticias: "One possibility was to not do it, but I said to myself 'Why not?
"I have to learn a lot as ambassador. I'll improve through the years and we can do very important things.
"I will take profits from companies that approach me so they can help this project too.
"Around 50% of Argentinian children are poor, so they cannot study or practise sports properly. That is one of the reasons why a lot of children cannot aim high in sports."