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Muhammad Ali Center Partners with Roo’s Wish to host “Choose to be a Champion”

A Free Motivational Program and Dinner to Benefit 200 Foster Children and their Families 

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The Muhammad Ali Center is partnering with Roo’s Wish to host ‘Choose to be a Champion’ on Thursday, August 1st, 2019 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. The event is to benefit the lives of children living in foster care, along with their families. Foster children in attendance will receive a donated package of basic school supplies.

‘Choose to be a Champion’ is a high impact program consisting of speakers, music, and discussions that focus on the importance of education, healthy relationships, making good decisions, and building confidence. Local resource providers and organizations will also be on site to deliver information and support to the families in attendance.

“’Choose to be a Champion’ is a night designed to make sure that every child in care knows that they have the ability to achieve whatever greatness they desire! We have a stunning event lined up full of guest speakers, music, food by Chipotle and wonderful door prizes to show children that our community is standing behind them and want to help propel them into success!” – Charlene Shipley

The Ali Center partnered on this event as it reinforces its mission to inspire adults and children to be as great as they can be.Jeanie Kahnke, spokesperson for the Ali Center, said, “By providing foster kids and their families a free evening that offers resources, motivating stories,and entertainment, it is our hope that the evening will help boost students’confidence and strengthen their dedication to reaching their potentials.”  

Some remarkable facts about foster care children are:Children in foster care are more likely to change schools during the school year and be placed in special education classes; they are less likely than their classmates to receive passing grades. High school dropout rates are three times higher for foster youth than other low-income children. Only about 50% graduate from high school, and only 3% graduate from college. Over 40% of school-aged children in foster care have educational difficulties.

Speakers for ‘Choose to be a Champion’ include:

  • Stephon Dingle, WLKY
  • James Dixon, Louisville TKO
  • Dr. Ashley Anderson and Derek Anderson
  • Idris Goodwin, Producing Artistic Director for StageOne
  • Donald Lassere, Muhammad Ali Center

Note to the Media: Members of the Media are invited to interview the guest speakers 15 minutes before and after the event. 4:45pm –5:00pm, 7:00pm – 7:15pm


Dinner will be provided and is sponsored by Chipotle.

Music will be provided by AMPED.

The event is FREE and open to all foster children, foster families, and siblings.

Link to register: https://19291.blackbaudhosting.com/19291/Roos-Wish-Choose-to-be-a-Champion