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October 4, 2013

Muhammad Ali honors humanitarian award winners

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Muhammad Ali was back home Thursday night to honor an ex-president, Grammy winners and young adults for their roles in fighting for humanitarian causes.

The former heavyweight boxing champion was surrounded by family and friends for the awards presentation that turned into a main event in Louisville. Recipients of the inaugural Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards included former President Jimmy Carter and singers Christina Aguilera and Michael Bolton.

Ali was seated at a table in the middle of the hotel ballroom but never took the stage during the three-hour event.

Ali’s wife, Lonnie, said the awards represent an extension of Ali’s legacy of promoting social causes, his focus since his retirement from boxing in 1981.

“This is what we’ve always dreamed about, passing the torch on to others and inspiring them to do the work that he has done himself around the world,” she said. “A lot of the things he used to do around the world he can’t do anymore. So it’s important to support those who can, who are doing the good work.”

The 71-year-old Ali is battling Parkinson’s disease. But he can still draw a crowd — and awe. During a musical presentation, the crowd of about 700 watched photos on a large screen that showed Ali with world and religious leaders and children. Another showed him holding the torch at the opening of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

“I have so much admiration and so much respect and love for someone who truly has been a fighter in so many different ways,” said Aguilera, who received the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award.

Aguilera was recognized for her role as an anti-hunger ambassador for the United Nations World Food Programme. She also has been a global advocate for fast-food company Yum Brands Inc.’s World Hunger Relief campaign to raise awareness and money to end hunger.

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