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: