US women’s national team player Megan Rapinoe will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on July 7 at the White House. 

The award recognizes individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the prosperity, values, or security of the United States, world peace, or other significant societal, public or private endeavors.

She stands as the first soccer player to be chosen for the award. 

Rapinoe will be one of just six figures from women’s sports to ever receive the award, joining Olympic gold medallists Simone Biles and Babe Didrickson Zaharias, tennis star and civil rights icon Billie Jean King, professional golfer Annika Sörenstam, and basketball coach Pat Summitt.

“I’m just shook. Totally overwhelmed, and just completely honored by this. It’s really hard to find the words to express how special this is and what this means to me,” Rapinoe told reporters on a press call on Friday.

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