Golf News, Source, Pga.com.- Jack Nicklaus was among 14 people to receive the government's highest civilian honor from President Bush in a special ceremony Wednesday night. Each of the recipients has earned the respect and affection of the American people, Bush said. Having the president fasten the Medal of Freedom around your neck while an announcer booms your life's greatest accomplishments apparently does something even to those most accustomed to fame and fortune. "All who receive the Medal of Freedom can know that they have a special place in the life of our country, and have earned the respect and affection of the American people," Bush said Wednesday as he gave the awards.
"This is truly a significant and humbling honor," Nicklaus said when notified of the award. "To be included in the company of those who have been honored in the past and will be honored this year is something very special and greatly appreciated."Nicklaus and his wife Barbara remain active in children's charities, most notably the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation and Nicklaus Children's Hospital, and also have contributed to numerous junior golf programs and growth-of-the game initiatives, such as The First Tee.
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