The PGA of America, headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens Fl., has awarded President Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the Unites States, its 2014 PGA Distinguished Service Award for his lifetime love of golf and his commitment to health and wellness.
Begun in 1988, the PGA Distinguished Service Award honors outstanding individuals who display leadership and humanitarian qualities, including integrity, sportsmanship and enthusiasm for the game of golf. President Clinton will receive the Association’s highest annual honor in conjunction with the playing of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky in August. Some of the previous honorees include Bob Hope, Byron Nelson, Arnold Palmer, Patty Berg, and Presidents Gerald Ford(1991) and George H.W. Bush(1997).
“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 Bill Clinton.”
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, he has served as the top United Nations envoy for the Indian ocean tsunami recovery effort and as the UN Special Envoy to Haiti.
Since 2012, the Clinton Foundation has partnered with Humana, the PGA Tour and the Desert Classics Charities to present the Humana Challenge(formerly the Bob Hope Open). The Humana
Challenge has showcased the long-term health benefits of simple lifestyle and behavioral changes.
Our sincere congratulations to President Clinton on his 2014 PGA Distinguished Service Award.