Bill Russell was born on February 12 1934, in Monroe Louisiana. Bill capped his
amateur career by leading the U.S. men's Basketball team to the gold medal at the 1956 Melbourne. In 2010 Russell received the presidential medal of FREEDOM, the County's highest civil honor from OBAMAH. In the 1969 season, Russell led the Celtics to an eighth consecutive title. Bill Russell was inducted into the Naismith memorial Basketball HALL OF FAME in 1975.