Former President Bill Clinton on stage at the Louisville Palace. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - After campaigning Wednesday in Lexington and Hazard for Alison Lundergan Grimes, former United States President Bill Clinton made his way to the Louisville Palace to accept the 2014 PGA Distinguished Service Award.
A cocktail reception was held for guests at the Louisville Marriott Downtown before the presentation at 8 p.m. at the Palace where President Clinton was honored with the award for his lifetime love of golf and his commitment to health and wellness.
Those in attendance listened as President Clinton talked of his love for the game of golf. He reminded the crowd no matter how much money you have, or whether you play at a club or on a public course, there is something golfers young and old take away from the game, “The gift of being outside, the gift of playing a game where you enforce the rules against yourself. The gift of knowing you can play as long as you can swing your arms.”
The PGA says the award highlights people who display leadership and humanitarian qualities including sportsmanship and enthusiasm for the game of golf. President Clinton received the award in conjunction with the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla.
After leaving the White House, President Clinton established the Clinton Foundation with the mission to improve global health, strengthen economies, promote health and wellness, and protect the environment. In addition to his Foundation work, President Clinton has served as the top United Nations envoy for the Indian Ocean tsunami recovery effort and as the UN Special Envoy to Haiti.
According to the PGA, since 2012, the Clinton Foundation has partnered with Humana, the PGA Tour and the Desert Classic Charities to present the Humana Challenge. The Humana Challenge has showcased the long-term health benefits of simple lifestyle and behavioral changes.
"President Clinton's life in public service is a study in making a difference in people's lives. His own journey to achieve wellness has resulted in a passion that involves the game of golf," PGA of America President Ted Bishop said. "President Clinton shares the mission of the PGA of America to encourage our country's young people to develop a healthier lifestyle through golf. For his work and the example he sets to motivate young people, we are honored to present this year's PGA Distinguished Service Award to President Clinton."
Other recipients include Bob Hope, Jack Nicklaus, President George H W. Bush and President Gerald Ford.