With a new president recently elected, Obama is busy taking care of last minute business. One thing at the top of the list is giving out his last Presidential Medals of Freedom. The award is the highest honor a civilian can receive, and is reserved for people who “have made a significant cultural or security contributions to the United States or international contributions in the name of culture or world peace.”
Recipients of the award range from celebrities, scientists, activists and every day heroes. This time around, Obama will be honoring three high profile figures from the sporting world: NBA legends Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and MLB announcer Vin Scully. Jordan is one of the greatest athletes in American history, a succesful business leader and has inspired millions of people through his hard work and success. Abdul-Jabbar was an equally great athlete, and after retiring devoted himself to political activism and social justice.
Vin Scully was as humble as ever when he found out he’d be receiving the award.
“Oh my gosh … no. Are you sure?” Scully said. “I’m just an old baseball announcer.”
Told that his professionalism as an announcer captured the president’s attention, Scully said. “Well, gosh, I am rather overwhelmed and humbled.”
The ceremony will take place next Tuesday and will be streamed live on www.whitehouse.gov/live