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John Wooden and James Q. Wilson to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom, Nation's Highest Civilian Honor
By: UCLA Athletics

July 21, 2003

UCLA basketball legend John R. Wooden and UCLA emeritus professor and renowned social commentator James Q. Wilson will receive the nation's highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, at a White House ceremony July 23.

Wooden, who was UCLA's head coach for 27 seasons (1948-49 through 1974-75), led the Bruins to a record 10 NCAA National Championships, including seven in a row from 1967-1973. Wooden is the only coach to compile four undefeated seasons of 30-0 and his Bruin teams captured 19 conference championships. Also, Wooden is the author of several books and created the "Pyramid of Success," a model for personal and professional achievement.

Wilson, professor emeritus of management at The Anderson School at UCLA, also held a joint faculty appointment in UCLA's political science department. He authored or co-authored 12 books, and has written nearly 100 articles on topics such as crime, urban affairs, politics, criminal justice and economic regulation. His work has appeared in publications such as Harper's, Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic and New York Magazine.

This is the first time two members of the UCLA family are being recognized in the same year. Past UCLA recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom include Ralph J. Bunche (1963), Jackie Robinson (1984), Arthur Ashe (1993) and Cruz Reynoso (2000).

"John Wooden and James Q. Wilson embody the spirit in which this extraordinary accolade is presented," said UCLA Chancellor Albert Carnesale. "By achieving greatness in their respective professions, they have inspired countless others to pursue their own intellectual and personal goals. The UCLA family is honored to see that their service to society was deemed worthy of recognition at the highest level," he added.

Established in 1945 by President Harry S. Truman, the Presidential Medal of Freedom originally recognized notable service in the war. In 1963 President John F. Kennedy reintroduced it as an honor for distinguished civilian service in peacetime.

Other recipients of this year's award include Van Cliburn, Julia Child, Charlton Heston and Vaclav Havel.

EVENT INFORMATION
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Friday, Nov 13
vs. Monmouth
Los Angeles, CA
L, 81 - 84 (OT)
Sunday, Nov 15
vs. Cal Poly
Los Angeles, CA
W, 88 - 83
Thursday, Nov 19
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 81 - 67
Monday, Nov 23
vs. UNLV
Lahaina, HI
W, 77 - 75
Tuesday, Nov 24
vs. Kansas
Lahaina, HI
L, 73 - 92
Wednesday, Nov 25
vs. Wake Forest
Lahaina, HI
L, 77 - 80
Sunday, Nov 29
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
W, 77 - 45
Thursday, Dec 03
vs. Kentucky
Los Angeles, CA
W, 87 - 77
Sunday, Dec 06
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 83 - 76
Saturday, Dec 12
at Gonzaga
Spokane, WA
W, 71 - 66
Tuesday, Dec 15
vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Los Angeles, CA
W, 89 - 80
Saturday, Dec 19
vs. North Carolina
Brooklyn, NY
L, 76 - 89
Tuesday, Dec 22
vs. McNeese State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 67 - 53
Friday, Jan 01
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 93 - 96 (2OT)
Sunday, Jan 03
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
L, 78 - 85
Thursday, Jan 07
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
W, 87 - 84
Saturday, Jan 09
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 81 - 74
Wednesday, Jan 13
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 75 - 89
Wednesday, Jan 20
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
W, 82 - 73
Saturday, Jan 23
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
L, 72 - 86
Thursday, Jan 28
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
L, 84 - 86
Saturday, Jan 30
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 83 - 50
Thursday, Feb 04
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 61 - 80
Friday, Feb 12 - 6:00 PM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Sunday, Feb 14 - 5:30 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Thursday, Feb 18 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 20 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Feb 25 - 6:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Saturday, Feb 27 - 1:30 PM PST
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
Wednesday, Mar 02 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Mar 05 - 3:30 PM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Mar 09 - All Day PST
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Las Vegas, NV
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Las Vegas, NV
Saturday, Mar 12 - 7:00 PM PST
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Las Vegas, NV
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vs. NCAA First Four
Dayton, OH
Thursday, Mar 17 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA First Round
TBA
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