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President Kennedy Receives Physical Education Award

Oct. 9, 1963 - President Kennedy was given a bronze statuette for his desk today, but he was ahead of the donors — he already had one, 2,400 years old. Today’s offering, a discus thrower typifying action and vitality, was awarded to the President for his interest in health and physical vigor. It was presented by the American Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation. Mr. Kennedy thanked officials of the association and remarked, “Here’s one I picked up in Rome.” This statuette, also in bronze, is mounted on brown marble. It is the figure of a man with outstretched arms and clenched fists. The new statuette was presented by Dr. Ben W. Miller of UCLA, president of the physical education group. He was accompanied by Dr. Anita Aldrich of Kansas City.

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