Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Happy 70th Birthday Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali was not only the Greatest Boxer of all time and  the most recognized man on the planet, he is also a great humanitarian.  He traveled the globe for decades as the Official Ambassador to our non-profit foundation "Global Village Champions Foundation". 

Respect, Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, and Spirituality are Muhammad Ali's core values. These six tenets have provided the foundation for a life that has touched millions of people around the World and has earned Ali the title "The Greatest".

 Ali's legacy is much more than just three Heavyweight Championship Belts and an Olympic Gold Medal. As a Global Village Champion Muhammad Ali, along with his close friend Yank Barry, has been instrumental in providing over 555,000,000 meals to the hungry over the past 20 years.  They traveled to areas of the world that were not only some of the poorest, but some of the most dangerous.  Where Mohammad went, so to did the press.  This allowed him to enter into regions that were denied to many and allowed us to deliver the food, water and medical supplies directly to the people in need.

Muhammad Ali, Sister Beltran, Yank Barry - Cote d'Ivoire

"I was told there was a problem here. I'm here to do all I can to help. People are hungry. People need help, and if I can do anything to help then I'm ready. These are my brothers and sisters and we should treat each other like brother and sister." Press Release - Muhammad-Ali-Rceives-Lifetime-Achievement-award-at-his-70th-birthday-party.html

Ali traveled to many inhospitable regions of the World as a Global Village Champion and personally accompanied the shipments of food, medical supplies, clothing, school supplies and hope. This demonstration of selfless humanitarian leadership is a key reason that The Leaders Magazine and the American Leadership Development Association chose to bestow their Lifetime Achievement Award upon Muhammad Ali during the 2011 GLA Awards in Kuala Lumpur this past July. Muhammad was not able to attend the awards ceremony. Lonnie Ali, Muhammad's wife, asked his friend and fellow award recipient Yank Barry to accept the award on his behalf. Mr. Barry presented the award to Ali in the presence of 350 invited guests who had gathered at the Ali Center in Louisville Kentucky to celebrate Muhammad Ali's 70th birthday.

Ali Center Lifetime Member & longtime friend Yank Barry presented Muhammad Ali with the Lifetime Achievement Award given by The Leaders Magazine & The American Leadership Development Association during Ali's 70th Birthday Gala in Louisville, KY

 Mr. Barry received the Philanthropist of the Year award at the same 2011 GLA ceremony on July 22. This was the sixth time in twenty years that Barry and Ali have received awards together. Their humanitarian work has earned them joint recognition in Atlanta GA, Liberia, Indonesia, Morocco, Mexico and Malaysia and their journey is chronicled on http://www.globalvillagechampions.org.

 "He has lived a life of everything and anything. He has been liked and disliked and is now mostly beloved. He is an enigma and a treasure." bill.dwyre@latimes.com

Happy 70th Birthday from the entire team at Global Village Champions Foundation
Join Muhammad in  "The Greatest Fight - The Fight Against Hunger"

Jackie Bigford
Social Media Director
Global Village Champions Foundation

1 comment:

  1. I love it when I hear about celebrities lending a hand for social good. Thanks for this post!! Happy Birthday to Mohammad Ali!