Nicklaus was recognized for his golfing achievements (it's true, he did win a lot) and his charitable work; he has raised more than $12 million for pediatric health services through the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation. He can hang the medal next to his Congressional Medal of Freedom, which he was awarded there at right by President Bush in 2005.
The last recipients of the Congressional Gold Medal, given to prominent public figures and public servants, were Japanese-American World War II vets. Arnold Palmer won the award in 2009. (He got in one more victory on Jack!)
The legislation now heads to the Senate. Forget campaign finance reform and health care; this is a bill that needs to pass, now! Tip to Nicklaus' people: don't be surprised if you start receiving a lot of inquiries from the 202 area code asking to play a round with the Golden Bear.
- Jack Nicklaus
- Congressional Gold Medal