The first-ever Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards will be held this fall to honor those individuals dedicated to fighting for peace and social justice, reports The Associated Press.
Taking place in the boxing champ's hometown of Louisville, the event is set to take place Oct. 3 at the Galt House Hotel as a part of a three-day celebration at the Muhammad Ali Center.
While the recipients have yet to be revealed, the center said a half-dozen awards will handed out to honorees ages 35 and below for making significant contributions to the causes of peace, social justice and other humanitarian efforts.
“Of course he is proud of his accomplishments in the ring, but Muhammad’s proudest moments are those where he is able to touch the lives of others in positive and sometimes profound ways,” said wife Lonnie Ali in a statement. “Muhammad is a living example of how one person can inspire and improve the lives of others.”
She and Ali will serve as members of the selection committee and daughter Laila Ali will appear as a presenter. Awards will be given to those individuals who exemplify confidence, conviction, dedication, giving, repect and spirituality.
Lonnie continued, "The Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards is his opportunity to formally recognize some of these young people for the good works they do and to encourage them and others to begin and continue to do good in their own communities and hopefully extend that good to the global community."
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