Celtics great Bill Russell honored with Presidential Medal
President Barack Obama awarded Bill Russell the Presidential Medal of Freedom, yesterday. He was amongst one former president and 14 artists, athletes, civil rights activists, humanitarians and others. This group of people has made contributions to society that speak to “who we are as people”.
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation’s highest civilian honor. It is given in recognition of contributions to U.S. national security, world peace, culture or other significant public or private endeavors. Tuesday’s medals were the second set Obama has awarded.
Bill Russell is the former captain of the Boston Celtics and first black man to become an NBA head coach. Russell is a five-time winner of the NBA Most Valuable Player and a twelve-time All-Star, Russell was the centerpiece of the Celtics dynasty that won eleven NBA Championship during Russell’s thirteen-year career. He played from 1956-1969.
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