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“An Evening to Celebrate Greatness”

Thank you for another great year! Check back for information on the Eighth Annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards happening in 2020.

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.

Contact for Sponsorship Information:   

Becky Morris
502.992.5334
bmorris@alicenter.org

Past Seasoned Awardees of the
Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards

2018 Awardees

Amy Carlson, Actress, 2018 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Gender Equality

Dave Eggers, Author, 2018 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Education

Sister Larraine Anne Lauter, OSU, Executive Lead & Co-Founder of Water With Blessings, 2018 Muhammad Ali Kentucky Humanitarian Award

Dr. Pearse Lyons, Founder of Alltech, 2018 Muhammad Ali Lifetime Achievement Award

2017 Awardees

Ashley Judd, Actress, 2017 Muhammad Ali Kentucky Humanitarian Award

Heather Heyer, Activist, 2017 Muhammad Ali Social Justice Award

Hill Harper, Actor, 2017 Muhammad Ali Education Award

HRH Princess Dr. Nisreen El-Hashemite, Princess and Doctor, 2017 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award

Paige Elenson, Businesswoman and Spiritual Activist, 2017 Muhammad Ali Global Citizenship Award

Patricia Arquette, Actress/Writer/Activist, 2017 Muhammad Ali Lifetime Achievement Award

2016 Awardees

Cindy Hensley McCain, Businesswoman and Philanthropist, 2016 Muhammad Ali Lifetime Achievement Award

Jon Secada, Grammy Award-Winning Singer/Songwriter, 2016 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award

Louis Gossett, Jr., Actor, 2016 Muhammad Ali Education Award

Sheryl Lee Ralph, Actress, 2016 Muhammad Ali Global Citizenship Award

John Rosenberg, Founding Director of the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky, 2016 Muhammad Ali Kentucky Humanitarian Award

2015 Awardees

Dr. Andrew Moore, II, Founder of Surgery on Sunday, 2015 Muhammad Ali Kentucky Humanitarian Award

Geena Davis, Academy Award Winning Actress, 2015 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year

Harry Belafonte, American Singer/Songwriter/Activist/Actor, 2015 Muhammad Ali Lifetime Achievement Award

Rose Mapendo, Founder of Rose Mapendo Foundation, 2015 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Gender Equality

2014 Awardees

Common, Rapper, 2014 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Education

Jim Brown, Former Running Back for the NFL's Cleveland Browns, 2014 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Lifetime Achievement Award

Mick Ebeling, Founder and CEO of Not Impossible, LLC, 2014 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award

Susan Sarandon, Actress, 2014 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Global Citizenship Award

Robert & Deborah Blair, Founders of West End School, 2014 Muhammad Ali Kentucky Humanitarian Award

2013 Awardees

Christina Aguilera, American Singer/Songwriter, 2013 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Humanitarian of the Year Award

President Jimmy Carter, Former President of the United States, 2013 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Lifetime Achievement Award

Michael Bolton, American Singer/Songwriter, 2013 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian for Gender Equality Award

Mark Hogg, founder of the nonprofit orgnization WaterStep, 2013 Muhammad Ali Kentucky Humanitarian Award

Other Guests

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes

Coach John Calipari

Past VIP Presenters and Hosts of the
Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards

2018 Presenters

Akbar Gbajabiamila, Host of American Ninja Warrior, Host

Heather French Henry, 2000 Miss America, Presenter

Juan Williams, American Author, Presenter

Lonnie Ali, Wife of Muhammad Ali, Presenter

Martin Luther King, III, Son of Martin Luther King, Jr., Presenter

Niloofar Rahmani, Pilot, Presenter

2017 Presenters

Geoff Thompson, Karate Champion, Presenter

Jamillah Ali-Joyce, Daughter of Muhammad Ali, Presenter

Kevin Martinez, ESPN, Presenter

Lonnie Ali, Wife of Muhammad Ali, Presenter

Mark Hogg, Founder of WaterStep and Former Awardee, Presenter

Michael Buffer, Ring Announcer, Host

Ruth Riley, Retired American Professional Basketball Player, Presenter

2016 Presenters

Amber S. Gell, Rocket Scientist from NASA, Presenter

Craig Melvin, Anchor, Host

Dwight Howard, Professional Basketball Player, Presenter

Eli A. Wolff, Co-Founder of the Sport and Development Project at Brown University, Presenter

Mayor Greg Fischer, Mayor of Louisville, Presenter

Kimberly Brooks, Fusion Network, Presenter

Lonnie Ali, Wife of Muhammad Ali, Presenter

Rasheda Ali, Daughter of Muhammad Ali, Presenter

Teddy Abrams, Musician, Presenter

2015 Presenters

Aaron Stevens, Professional Wrestler with WWE, Presenter

Dhani Jones, NFL Linebacker, Presenter

Donald E. Lassere, CEO of Muhammad Ali Center, Presenter

Mayor Greg Fischer, Mayor of Louisville, Presenter

Janet Evans, 4-Time Olympic Gold Medalist, Host

Jennifer Clinton, President of Global Ties U.S., Presenter

Lonnie Ali, Wife of Muhammad Ali, Presenter

Max Joseph, Filmmaker, Presenter

2014 Presenters

Adnan Kifayat, Senior Resident Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States

Donald Lassere, CEO of Muhammad Ali Center

Father George Kilcourse, Professor of Theology

Holly Robinson-Peete, Actress

Congressman John Yarmuth, Kentucky Representative

Lonnie Ali, Wife of Muhammad Ali

Pamela Brown, CNN Justice Correspondent

Dr. Pearse Lyons, Founder and President of Alltech

Robby Novak & Brad Montague, Kid President

William Mapother, Entertainment Industry

2013 Presenters

Donald Lassere, CEO of Muhammad Ali Center

Farrah Pandith

Mayor Greg Fischer, Mayor of Louisville

Congressman John Yarmuth, Kentucky Representative

Laila Ali, Daughter of Muhammad Ali

Lonnie Ali, Wife of Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali

Senator Rand Paul, Kentucky State Senator

Tori Murden McClure

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

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