Text: H.R.2203 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Public Law No: 113-210 (12/16/2014)
[113th Congress Public Law 210]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]
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Public Law 113-210
To provide for the award of a gold medal on behalf of Congress to Jack
Nicklaus, in recognition of his service to the Nation in promoting
excellence, good sportsmanship, and philanthropy. <<NOTE: Dec. 16,
2014 - [H.R. 2203]>>
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: 31 USC 5111
SECTION 1. FINDINGS.
Congress finds the following:
(1) Jack Nicklaus is a world-famous golf professional, a
highly successful business executive, a prominent advertising
spokesman, a passionate and dedicated philanthropist, a devoted
husband, father, and grandfather, and a man with a common touch
that has made him one of the most popular and accessible public
figures in history.
(2) Jack Nicklaus amassed 120 victories in professional
competition of national or international stature, 73 of which
came on the Professional Golf Association (in this Act referred
to as the ``PGA'') Tour, and professional major-championship
titles. His record 18 professional majors, the first of which he
won 50 years ago with his win at the 1962 U.S. Open as a 22-
year-old rookie, remains the standard by which all golfers are
measured. He is the only player in golf history to have won each
major championship at least three times, and is the only player
to complete a career ``Grand Slam'' on both the regular and
senior tours. He also owns the record for most major
championships as a senior, with eight.
(3) Jack Nicklaus' magnetic personality and unfailing sense
of kindness and thoughtfulness have endeared him to millions
throughout the world.
(4) Jack Nicklaus has been the recipient of countless
athletic honors, including being named Individual Male Athlete
of the Century by Sports Illustrated, one of the 10 Greatest
Athletes of the Century by ESPN, and Golfer of the Century or
Golfer of the Millennium by every major national and
international media outlet. He received the Muhammad Ali Sports
Legend Award and the first-ever ESPY Lifetime Achievement Award.
He became the first golfer and only the third athlete to receive
the Vince Lombardi Award of Excellence, and is also a five-time
winner of the PGA Player of the Year Award. He was inducted into
the World Golf Hall of Fame at the age of 34.
(5) Jack Nicklaus has received numerous honors outside of
the world of sports, including several golf industry awards for
his work and contributions as a golf course designer, such
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as the Old Tom Morris Award, which is the highest honor given by
the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, and both
the Donald Ross Award given by the American Society of Golf
Course Architects and the Don A. Rossi Award given by the Golf
Course Builders Association of America. Golf Inc. Magazine named
him the Most Powerful Person in Golf for a record six
consecutive years, due to his impact on various aspects of the
industry through his course design work, marketing and licensing
business, his ambassadorial role in promoting and growing the
game of golf worldwide, and his involvement on a national and
global level with various charitable causes.
(6) Jack Nicklaus has been involved in the design of more
than 290 golf courses worldwide, and his business, Nicklaus
Design, has close to 380 courses open for play in 36 countries
and 39 States.
(7) Jack Nicklaus served as the Global Ambassador for a
campaign to include golf in the Olympic Games, which was
achieved and will begin in the 2016 Olympic program.
(8) Jack Nicklaus was honored by President George W. Bush in
2005 by receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest
honor given to any United States civilian.
(9) Jack Nicklaus has a long-standing commitment to numerous
charitable causes, such as his founding, along with wife
Barbara, of the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation,
which provides pediatric health care services throughout South
Florida and in other parts of the country. The Foundation has
raised close to $24,000,000 since it was formed in 2004, and has
provided health assistance and services to more than 4,000
children and their families through--
(A) Child Life programs (supporting therapeutic
interventions for children with chronic and acute
conditions during hospitalization);
(B) Miami Children's Hospital Nicklaus Care Centers
(to offer a new option to Palm Beach County-area
families with children who require pediatric specialty
(C) Safe Kids Program (aimed at keeping children
injury-free and offering safety education in an effort
to decrease accidental injuries in children).
(10) In October 2012, the Miami Children's Hospital Nicklaus
Outpatient Center was opened to provide pediatric urgent care,
diagnostic services, and rehabilitation services in Palm Beach
(11) Jack Nicklaus also established an annual pro-am golf
tournament called ``The Jake'' to honor his 17-month-old
grandson who passed away in 2005, and it serves as a primary
fundraiser for the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation.
The event alone has raised well over $43,000,000 over the last
(12) Nicklaus has been a tireless supporter of numerous
junior golf initiatives, working with the PGA of America Junior
Golf Foundation over the course of four decades, including the
establishment of the Barbara and Jack Nicklaus Junior Golf
Endowment Fund and the PGA-Nicklaus First Tee Teaching Grants.
He also is a spokesperson for several PGA
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of America and USGA growth-of-the-game initiatives. He continues
to support several scholarship foundations, other children's
hospitals, and other causes, including spinal-cord research,
pancreatic cancer issues, and Florida Everglades restoration.
(13) In 2013, Jack Nicklaus, with the support of the
National Park and Recreation Association (NRPA), launched the
Jack Nicklaus Learning Leagues, taking team-concept golf to our
parks system for children, ages 5 to 12. A non-profit foundation
called Global Outreach for Learning Foundation (GOLF) was
created to underwrite the program. By the end of 2013, they hope
to have the program in more than 100 locations and reach close
to 25,000 children.
(14) Jack Nicklaus continues to manage the Memorial
Tournament in his home State of Ohio, in which contributions
generated through the aid of over 2,600 volunteers are given to
support Nationwide Children's Hospital and close to 75 other
Central Ohio charities. This has garnered more than $5,700,000
for programs and services at Nationwide Children's Hospital
since 1976, so that Central Ohio will continue to have one of
the best children's hospitals in the United States.
(15) Jack Nicklaus serves as an honorary chairs of the
American Lake Veterans Golf Course in Tacoma, Washington, which
neighbors a Veterans Administration hospital and is designed for
the rehabilitation of wounded and disabled veterans. Nicklaus
has donated his design services for the improvement of the
course, and raised contributions for the addition of nine new
holes (the ``Nicklaus Nine''), the construction of the
Rehabilitation and Learning Center, and the upgrade of the
maintenance facilities. The course is considered the only one in
the United States designed solely for the use of disabled
veterans. It served over 30,000 veterans and their families in
2011 to use the healing powers of golf to help them rehabilitate
and recreate. The hope is that American Lake will serve as a
pilot program for the more than 150 Veterans Administration
(16) Jack Nicklaus serves as a spokesperson and Trustee for
the First Tee program, which brings golf to children who would
not otherwise be exposed to it, and teaches them valuable,
character-building life lessons through the game of golf, and is
a national co-chair of the organization's More Than a Game
(17) Jack Nicklaus remains active in tournament golf,
although he retired from major championship competition in 2005,
when he played his final British Open and his final Masters
Tournament, and led the United States to a thrilling victory in
the President's Cup. He consults often with the PGA Tour, and no
fewer than 95 Nicklaus courses have hosted a combined total of
almost 700 professional tournaments. In 2013 alone, Nicklaus
courses will host 17 PGA Tour-sanctioned events. His Muirfield
Village Golf Club in Ohio will be hosting the Presidents Cup in
October 2013, making it the only club in history to have hosted
all three of the game's most prominent international team
competitions--the Ryder Cup, Solheim Cup and Presidents Cup. It
is also expected that his course at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club
Korea in New Songdo City, South Korea, will be named the host
venue for the 2015 Presidents
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Cup--the first time that country has hosted an international
team competition of this stature.
SEC. 2. CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL.
(a) Authorization.--The Speaker of the House of Representatives and
the President pro tempore of the Senate shall make appropriate
arrangements for the presentation, on behalf of Congress, of a gold
medal of appropriate design to Jack Nicklaus in recognition of his
service to the Nation in promoting excellence and good sportsmanship.
(b) Design and Striking.--For the purpose of the presentation
referred to in subsection (a), the Secretary of the Treasury shall
strike a gold medal with suitable emblems, devices, and inscriptions to
be determined by the Secretary.
SEC. 3. DUPLICATE MEDALS.
Under such regulations as the Secretary of the Treasury may
prescribe, the Secretary may strike duplicate medals in bronze of the
gold medal struck pursuant to section 2 and sell such duplicate medals
at a price sufficient to cover the costs of the duplicate medals
(including labor, materials, dies, use of machinery, overhead expenses)
and the cost of the gold medal.
SEC. 4. NATIONAL MEDALS.
The medals struck under this Act are national medals for purposes of
chapter 51 of title 31, United States Code.
Approved December 16, 2014.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 2203:
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 160 (2014):
May 19, considered and passed House.
Dec. 1, considered and passed Senate.