Golf legend Arnold Palmer receives Congressional Gold Medal
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Golf legend Arnold Palmer received the Congressional Gold Medal during a ceremony Wednesday, September 12th on Capitol Hill.
House Speaker John Boehner and other members of Congress presented him with the medal.
The honor recognizes Palmer’s contributions to the game of golf and his humanitarianism.
During his speech, the 83 year old couldn’t resist taking a playful jab at Congress.
“I have had some feelings about the designation and distinguished award from the members of Congress. In fact, I’m particularly proud of anything that the House and the Senate agree on, and it is humbling to realize that just six athletes have had this award,” Palmer said.
Of the six athletes, Palmer is the second golfer. Byron Nelson was the first.
Congress voted to award Palmer the medal in 2009, but it has taken this long for the U.S. Mint to design and produce the custom gold coin with Palmer’s image.