LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (September 17, 2016) — The fourth annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards were held this evening at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. The fundraising gala honored people from around the world who are making significant contributions to their communities. In addition to awards given to seasoned humanitarians, six young people, age 30 years and younger, were honored with an award for each of Muhammad Ali’s Six Core Principles: Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect, and Spirituality.
NBC News’ and MSNBC’s Craig Melvin hosted the awards. FUSION was the exclusive media partner. This year’s awards also served as a tribute to the late, great Muhammad Ali, who passed away on June 3, 2016. Ali, who co-founded the Muhammad Ali Center with his wife Lonnie in November 2005, attended each of the previous year’s Muhammad Ali Humanitarian awards.
Awardees for the 2016 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards are:
For more information about the “Seasoned” Humanitarian Awardees, click here.
The 2016 Thirty Years of Age or Younger Recipients of the Core Principle Awards are:
For more information about the Six Core Principle Awardees, please click here.
This year’s presenters were:
**Dwight Howard was unable to make the Awards.
The performance line-up included:
Michael Fitzpatrick and CJ Vanston, as well as Teddy Abrams, performed new original works created for the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards and in honor of Muhammad Ali’s legacy.
This year’s Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards are supported by: YUM! Brands Foundation, Brown-Forman Corporation, LG&E and KU Energy, Horseshoe Southern Indiana, Harold C. Schott Foundation, Tandem PR & Marketing, Ashbourne Farms and River Bend Farm.
About the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards
The fourth annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian awards will take place on September 17th, 2016 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown in Louisville, Kentucky USA. This charitable event of celebration and recognition will honor individuals around the world who have made significant contributions toward the attainment of peace, social justice, or other positive actions pertaining to human or social capital. In addition to awards presented to seasoned humanitarians, six young people, 30 years or younger, are honored with an award for each of Muhammad’s Six Core Principles: Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect, and Spirituality. This event is the premiere annual fundraiser for the Muhammad Ali Center.
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The Muhammad Ali Center, a 501(c)3 corporation, was co-founded by Muhammad Ali and his wife Lonnie in their hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. The international cultural center promotes the six core principles of Muhammad Ali (Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect, and Spirituality) in ways that inspire personal and global greatness and provides programming and events around the focus areas of education, gender equity, and global citizenship. Its newest initiative, Generation Ali, fosters a new generation of leaders to contribute positively to their communities and to change the world for the better. The Center’s headquarters also contains an award-winning museum experience. For more information, please visit www.alicenter.org
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