Michael Jordan among Presidential Medal of Honor recipients

Former Tar Heel, current Hornets owner set to be honored by President Obama next week

Christine T. Nguyen—North State Journal
Michael Jordan and other former North Carolina men's basketball players watch the first half of the NCAA Men's Basketball National Championship at the NRG Stadium in Houston

Michael Jordan, a former UNC basketball player, six-time NBA champion and current Hornets owner, is among 21 recipients who will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.President Barack Obama will award Jordan next Tuesday, Nov. 22, along with other members of the sports world including Vin Scully and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Other notable recipients outside of sports are actors Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, Ellen Degeneres and Robert Redford along with singers Diana Ross and Bruce Springsteen.Jordan played for the Tar Heels from 1981-84, winning a national championship in ’82 along with both ACC Player of the Year and National Player of the Year in 1984. His No. 23 jersey also hangs from the rafters in the Dean Dome and is retired for the program.The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest honor any civilian in the United States can receive. It also happens to be President Obama’s final medal ceremony before he leaves office on Jan. 20, 2017.