Georgetown University President Timothy S. Healy, S.J., awards the President's Medal to Men's Basketball Coach John Thompson, Jr., in Gaston Hall
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The citation for the medal, written by President Healy, reads in part: “His classroom is first of all a basketball court and his subject a game. But the real tools of his trade are the blending of fifteen young people into a working unit, the jazz-like improvisation which his game demands, the discipline required to work body and mind together into a dance as intricate as any ever invented by the mind of man, and finally the beauty of the body’s movement which must condition the soul. It is a teaching as old as the games of Greece, and its goal is the hard moral base of citizenship.”
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