The dedication ceremony took place on October 1 at the Muhammad Ali Center in front of a crowd of 300 VIPS including Mr. Ali, his wife Lonnie and family, former world heavyweight boxing champions George Foreman and Larry Holmes, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, and NBA all-time great Shaquille O’Neal. George Foreman, famed SI writer Bill Nack, and Lonnie Ali were among the featured speakers.
Lonnie Ali said, “I am very thankful to [Sports Illustrated] for having the wherewithal to realize that this was a legacy and to name this award after him… I’m really anxious to see and to applaud those who come after him that receive this award.”
Ali appeared on this week’s cover of Sports Illustrated, marking the 39th time he was featured on the cover.
Photo courtesy: Sports Illustrated
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