[113th Congress Public Law 210]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office]

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Public Law 113-210
113th Congress

                                 An Act

 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 

    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 
                care); and
                    (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 
        several years.
            (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 
        hospitals nationwide.
            (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.

    (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.

    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.

    The medals struck under this Act are national medals for purposes of 
chapter 51 of title 31, United States Code.

    Approved December 16, 2014.


            May 19, considered and passed House.
            Dec. 1, considered and passed Senate.