Source: Republic of Poland in English
President Andrzej Duda, during a Saturday meeting with the Polish community in the United States on Saturday, presented state decorations to people who rendered outstanding service to the Polish diaspora.
The ceremony was held at Chicago’s Millennium Park. Among the honoured was Marcin Gortat, Polish professional basketball player for the Washington Wizards.
Gortat was awarded with the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland “for outstanding sports achievements, for the achievements in popularising sport among children and youth, for promoting Poland and for charity activities.”
“It’s an amazing moment, I was finally recognised not only as a basketball player, but also as a man who every day does some work for our country,” Gortat said.
The presidential couple also gave out souvenir diplomas to representatives of several dozens of Polish diaspora schools from all over the United States and their graduates.
Among those attending the ceremony was Ewa Lizinkiewicz-Pierz, a Polish language teacher at the School Consultation Point at the Polish Consulate General in Chicago. About 200 pupils are currently taught Polish language and knowledge about the country there. Their education is financed by the Polish government.