Megan Rapinoe received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Joe Biden Thursday morning at the White House. The award is the highest civilian honor in the nation.
This is the first time a soccer player has received the honor, and it is the sixth time a female athlete has received it, according to the White House.
"Beyond the World Cup titles and the Olympic medals, Megan is a champion for [an] essential American truth that everyone -- everyone -- is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect," Biden said in his speech.
She was honored alongside 16 others, including gymnast Simone Biles, actor Denzel Washington, Apple cofounder Steve Jobs, and Sen. John McCain, the latter two receiving the award posthumously.
"Megan, like Simone [Biles], I hope there is room for this medal between all the other awards you and Sue [Bird] have received during your remarkable careers," Biden said. Bird, a WNBA star, is Rapinoe's fiancee.
Since joining the U.S. Women's National Team in 2006, Rapinoe has won two gold medals with the team at the Olympics and two World Cups.