On February 25, 2021, a bill was introduced to Congress to award a Congressional Gold Medal to Willie O'Ree, in recognition of his extraordinary contributions and commitment to hockey, inclusion, and recreational opportunity. To learn more about Willie and his incredible story, please click here.
Since the American Revolution, Congress has commissioned gold medals as its highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions. Each medal honors a particular individual, institution, or event. The Congressional Gold Medal is awarded to individuals who have performed an achievement that has an impact on American history and culture that is likely to be recognized as a major achievement in the recipient's field long after the achievement.
To support the Willie O'Ree Congressional Gold Medal Act, please contact your U.S. Senator or U.S. Representative and ask that they endorse the bill. If you choose to write a letter or email, we encourage you to use the template below or to craft your own personalized message.
To learn more about how to contact your local members of Congress, please visit the links below.
You can also voice your support by posting to social media using #WillieForTheGold and tagging your members of Congress.
Dear Senator [Insert Last Name],
Dear Congressman/Congresswoman [Insert Last Name],
I write to ask for your support of Senate Bill 452 to award a Congressional Gold Medal to Willie O'Ree, in recognition of his extraordinary contributions and commitment to hockey, inclusion, and recreational opportunity.
While Willie has received countless honors throughout his illustrious career, a Congressional Gold Medal would be the most appropriate form of recognition for all that he has done, and continues to do, for underprivileged youth in communities across our country.
I feel strongly that Willie is more than deserving of this prestigious honor and I hope that you consider offering your support.
Thank you for your consideration.
[Insert Your Name]