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EMOTIONAL CEREMONY: Bob Cousy tears up thinking of wife during Medal of Freedom presentation

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Published on 23 Aug 2019 / In News & Politics

President Donald Trump presented basketball legend Bob Cousy with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, in an Oval Office ceremony on Thursday.

Cousy, 91, played for the Boston Celtics from 1950 to 1963, winning six league championships and the 1957 MVP title. The Bob Cousy Award, given to the country's best point guard in men's college basketball, is named for him. He is a member of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame.

Cousy, who is white, is also known for speaking out against racism. He was an ardent supporter of black teammates who faced discrimination during the civil rights movement.

After hanging up his No. 14 jersey, the 13-time NBA All-Star went on to coach basketball at Boston College.

The Medal of Freedom celebrates individuals for their "especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the U.S., to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors."

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