Watch: President Trump Presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Robert Cousy
President Donald Trump presented Thursday the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nation’s highest civilian honor, to Robert Cousy, one of basketball’s all-time greatest players and an exemplary American on and off the court.
“During his 13 seasons with the Boston Celtics, the “Houdini of the Hardwood” led his team into legendary success including six NBA National Championships,” the White House said in a statement. “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, Mr. Cousy fought racism and became a leader for racial equality in and beyond the league. He was also instrumental in the creation of the NBA Players Association. In 1971, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame,” the White House added.
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