Praised for his patriotism and his service to the community, two-time heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman was presented The American Legion’s James V. Day “Good Guy” Award during the 95th National Convention.
“George Foreman is so much more than just a great boxer,” National Commander James E. Koutz said during an award luncheon held in Foreman’s honor at the Hilton Americas Houston by The American Legion Past Department Commander’s Club. “When he held the flag during the 1968 Olympics, it was a tumultuous time in American history and it was not without controversy. But George didn’t care about any backlash because he was a proud American. He has given back to his community many times as a church pastor and as the founder of George Foreman Youth and Community Center. His rise from Houston’s tough Fifth Ward neighborhood to the top of the business and boxing worlds is an inspiration to all. He has proven to be a great champion both inside and outside the ring.”
Foreman was honored to receive the award. “Never could I have done this anywhere but the United States of America,” Foreman stated. “I love this country, and I love you and the veterans who served before... God bless you and thank you for this award.”
The James V. Day “Good Guy” Award is named after a World War II veteran and prominent Legionnaire. Recent recipients include NFL Hall-of-Famer Alan Page, performer Dolly Parton, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig and former NBA star David Robinson.