The Lincoln Foundation in Louisville, Kentucky bestowed its hometown sports legend Muhammad Ali with a community service award for his humanitarian work in the city.
Ali’s wife Lonnie was on hand to accept the award and received a standing ovation from the 400 plus attendees at the banquet held at Churchill Downs. Ali himself could not attend due to fatigue from traveling.
According to the Lincoln Center , the award Ali received is given to individuals who have shown exemplary leadership skills, commitment to their communities and education.
With financial contributions from colleagues like Lennox Lewis, Ali opened his own museum and cultural center in Louisville called the Muhammad Ali Center. The $80 million dollar project opened in 2005 and features exhibits and memorabilia to celebrate Ali’s boxing career, philantropy and spiritual beliefs.
Muhammad Ali was the first fighter to win the heavyweight title three times, defeating Sonny Liston (1964), George Foreman (1974) and Leon Spinks (1978). Compiling a record of 56-5 with 37 KOs over 21 years, Muhammad Ali fought the best of two separate heavyweight eras and boasts a record of 11-3 in 14 bouts with fellow Hall of Famers Archie Moore, Sonny Liston (2x), Floyd Patterson (2x), Joe Frazier (3x), Bob Foster, Ken Norton (3X), George Foreman and Larry Holmes.
Ali remains one of the most recognizable figures in the world and was credited by TIME magazine as one of the most influential people of the 20th century.
Muhammad Ali Tribute