President Barack Obama named 21 recipients for the honor on Wednesday that included the three sports icons.
The medals, the nation's highest civilian honor a president can award, will be presented at the White House next Tuesday.
"The Presidential Medal of Freedom is not just our nation's highest civilian honor -- it's a tribute to the idea that all of us, no matter where we come from, have the opportunity to change this country for the better," President Obama said in a statement. "From scientists, philanthropists, and public servants to activists, athletes, and artists, these 21 individuals have helped push America forward, inspiring millions of people around the world along the way."
Jordan played for coach Dean Smith at the University of North Carolina where he was a member of the Tar Heels' national championship team in 1982. He went on to play 15 seasons in the NBA, winning six championships with the Chicago Bulls, five Most Valuable Player awards and appearing in 14 All-Star games. He is currently principal owner of the Charlotte Hornets.
Scully retired in October after 67 seasons as the Los Angeles Dodgers' radio and television play-by-play announcer.