Boxing Legend Muhammad Ali was awarded with a Libery Medal in Philadelphia on Thursday at an event showcasing his roles outside the ring as a fighter for humanitarian causes, civil rights and religious freedom.
Hundreds of people gathered on the lawn of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia to watch the three-time heavyweight title holder receive an honor that his wife, Lonnie Ali, called “overwhelming.”
“It is especially humbling for Muhammad, who has said on many occasions, ‘All I did was to stand up for what I believe,’ ” Lonnie Ali said.
The 70-year-old retired champ, hobbled by a 30-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, did not speak. But he stood with assistance to receive the medal from his daughter, Laila Ali.
He looked down at his medal for several moments and then waved to the crowd. The award comes with a $100,000 cash prize.
It’s always a good thing when someone is recognized for things done outside of sports to help communities, and a lot of them don’t get the publication they deserve. Hats off to Ali and his family for all they have done to strengthen their community!
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