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President Donald Trump awarding Medal of Freedom to NBA star Bob Cousy

Bob Cousy In 2016

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 14: Boston Celtics legend Bob Cousy arrives at the “Globies” award night at the House of Blues in Boston on Nov. 14, 2016. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is set to present basketball legend Bob Cousy (KOO'-zee) with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The award is being handed out Thursday. It celebrates individuals with a wide range of achievements and is the nation’s highest civilian honor.

The 91-year-old Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame member played for the Boston Celtics from 1950 to 1963. He won six league championships and the 1957 MVP title.

Cousy is also known for speaking out against racism. He was an ardent supporter of black teammates who faced discrimination during the civil rights movement.

Cousy will be the second person to receive the award this year from Trump. Golfer Tiger Woods received the honor in May.