Today it was announced that President Trump will bestow the President Medal of Freedom on Lou Holtz tomorrow. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian honor.
According to a release from the white house, the Medal of Freedom is presented “to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.” The release goes on to call Holtz a true American patriot and a philanthropist.
While Holtz is best known for his three decades of coaching, lately he has been noted for his intense support for Donald Trump. Holtz gave a speech at the Republican National Convention praising Donald Trump and criticizing Joe Biden, calling him a “Catholic in name only”. After the speech, Notre Dame publicly stated that views of Holtz are not indicative of the university’s beliefs as the university does not formally support parties or politicians. The same remarks were met with appreciation by the Trump administration as shortly after the convention the administration announced that Holtz would receive this honor.
In November, Holtz, who is now 83 years old tested positive for COVID 19.
Holtz is not the first person to be given this honor from the sports world. Trump has also given the Medal to Justice Alan Page, Bob Cousy, Mariano Rivera, Roger Staubach and more.
Of bestowing the honor to Holtz, Trump said “We've analyzed it very closely. We've looked at all of those recommendations. We've looked at Lou's life and his career and what he's done for charity -- the football was obvious. He was a great coach but what he's done is even beyond coaching."
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