Four-time Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles and twice World Cup winner Megan Rapinoe are among 17 individuals set to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest United States’ civilian honour, the White House said Friday (July 1).
The honour, awarded to those who have made “exemplary contributions” to the United States, global peace or other endeavours, will be given July 7.
“These seventeen Americans demonstrate the power of possibilities and embody the soul of the nation – hard work, perseverance, and faith,” the White House said in a statement.
Other honorees include Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington and the late U.S. Senator John McCain.