“When it comes to love, compassion, and other feelings of the heart, I am rich.” Muhammad Ali
The iconic three-time world heavyweight, Muhammad Ali, died this month. Considered as the world’s greatest boxer, Ali was known and highly praised for his work both inside and outside the ring.
Since retiring in 1981, he has worked to promote world peace, hunger relief, civil rights, amongst other causes. His first mission for peace was in 1985 when he went to Lebanon to help with the release of four hostages. He again played a pivotal role in the release of 15 US hostages from Iraq at the age of 48, six years into Parkinson’s disease.
Throughout his career, Ali was known to support fights in developing countries, having fought in countries such as Manila, Kuala Lumpur, and Kinshasa which helped put spotlights on these countries. Till today Ali has served those in developing countries and has provided over 232 million meals while also providing medical supplies to Morocco, Mexico, Cote D’Ivoire, along with many other countries.
Along with his international support, Ali has devoted equal time to helping charities throughout America. He established the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center in Arizona, serving those with Parkinson’s disease. In 2005, Ali along with his wife, Lonnie, inaugurated the Muhammad Ali Center which serves as a purpose of an education center and museum experience for visitors. The center inspires visitors to be the greatest they can be. He has further worked with numerous other organizations such as Make-A-Wish Foundation, Special Olympics, Athletes for Hope, and UNICEF.
Ali has said, “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.” He has done just that and has been presented with prestigious awards such as Amnesty International’s “Lifetime Achievement Awards”.
Muhammad Ali may have passed away but the legend will always be remembered for his charitable work.