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“An Evening to Celebrate Greatness”

The Fifth Annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards will be on September 23, 2017 in Louisville, Ky!


Check back for tickets - on sale this summer! 

Interested in sponsoring the Awards or a table? 
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The Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards were created in 2013 as a way to publicly recognize and celebrate the greatness of people from around the world.

This annual fundraising gala honors people who are making significant contributions toward securing peace, social justice, human rights, and/or social capital in their communities and on a global basis.

Each year, the Ali Center pays tribute to a number of high profile “seasoned humanitarians” who are named as Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awardees.

In addition, we honor six young adults, age 30 and under, who are serving as advocates, activists, and role models in ways that are ultimately transforming communities and bringing about positive change in the world. Each of these six winners are recognized for one of Muhammad Ali’s Six Core Principles: Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect, and Spirituality.

Proceeds raised during the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards support educational initiatives, community programming, and on-site exhibitions.

For information about any of the past Awardees—including the “Six Core Principle” recipients, all 30 years or under—visit our Past Awards Information page.

Past Attendees of the
Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards

  • Aron Stevens
  • Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
  • Brad Montague & Robby Novak (Kid President)
  • Cindy Hensley McCain
  • Christina Aguilera
  • Common
  • Craig Melvin
  • Dhani Jones
  • Geena Davis
  • Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer
  • Harry Belafonte*
  • Holly Robinson-Peete
  • Janet Evans
  • Jim Brown
  • Coach John Calipari
  • Congressman John Yarmuth
  • Jon Secada
  • Laila Ali
  • Lonnie Ali
  • Louis Gossett, Jr. 
  • Matt Lauer
  • Max Joseph
  • Michael Bolton
  • Mick Ebeling
  • Muhammad Ali
  • Pamela Brown
  • Rasheda Ali
  • Rose Mapendo
  • Sheryl Lee Ralph
  • Susan Sarandon
  • Touré
  • William Mapother

*Could not attend for health reasons.

The Fourth Annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards:

 Proceeds from the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards supports Ali Center programming and mission-based efforts. 


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