University of Louisville honors Muhammad Ali with Grawemeyer Spirit Award

09/17/2015 05:56 PM

Louisville native and boxing legend Muhammad Ali was honored on Thursday by the University of Louisville with the first-ever Grawemeyer Spirit Award.

The award is part of the Grawemeyer awards program which recognizes those with innovative ideas that make a positive difference in the world.

Approximately 1,000 people gathered at the Louisville Palace to watch the 73-year-old legend receive his award. The event also included a photo retrospective by longtime Ali photographer Neil Leifer.

During the ceremony, Ali’s wife Lonnie announced a portion of the award’s $100,000 honorarium would be used to establish a leadership scholarship with the University of Louisville baseball team.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to begin a leadership scholarship with the University of Louisville Baseball Team,” said Ali of the announcement. “It allows me to support three things I love: children, education and sports.”

Just hours after the event, @MuhammadAli tweeted words of inspiration.

Watch Muhammad Ali receive the Grawemeyer Spirit Award:

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