Coming from the South at a time of great civil rights fights, Muhammad Ali struggled with his early years. Ali wasn’t allowed in a white’s only restaurant after winning the Olympic Gold medal in 1970. After a Supreme Court battle with draft evasion, Ali was reinstated as the world’s greatest boxer with a new cause. The great one decided to work his life for world peace, civil rights, humanitarianism, and hunger relief.
With an astonishing resume on goodwill missions to Iraq, South Africa, and Afghanistan, Muhammad Ali never stops using his celebrity status for the well being of all. He is considered the first charitable athlete who has given the world the “pleasure of his presence and the inspiration of his example” by President Obama.
“I’ve always wanted to be more than just a boxer. More than just the three-time heavyweight champion. I wanted to use my fame, and this face that everyone knows so well, to help uplift and inspire people around the world.” By creating organizations that have delivered over 250 million meals to the world’s hungry, Ali has helped those in Cote D’Ivoire, Indonesia, Mexico, and Morocco, among other countries.
After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, he created the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center which is heavily involved in the Parkinson’s community with research and involvement in lives of those fighting the disease. “Float like a feather, sting like a bee” echoes with those who fight with Parkinson’s. They will always have a champion by their side in Muhammad Ali.
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