Basketball great Bob Cousy honored with Presidential Medal of Freedom

U.S. President Donald Trump awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to basketball legend Robert Joseph "Bob" Cousy in an Oval Office ceremony on Thursday (August 22) .

This award is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, which may be awarded by the President to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

Bob Cousy spent 13 seasons with the Boston Celtics. Nicknamed the “Houdini of the Hardwood”, Cousy led his team into legendary success including six NBA National Championships. He led the league in assists for 8 straight years, was a 13-time All-Star, and won the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award in 1957. Off the court, Cousy is also known for speaking out against racism. In 1971, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Trump presented the Medal of Freedom to another athlete, Tiger Woods, last May.

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