The Straits Times
Published on Sep 13, 2012

Muhammad Ali to receive Liberty Medal for humanitarian efforts


PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Retired boxing great Muhammad Ali will visit Philadelphia to receive the Liberty Medal, an award recognising his long-time role as a fighter outside the ring for humanitarian causes, civil rights and religious freedom.

The honour will be presented on Thursday during a ceremony at the National Constitution Centre by the champion's daughter, who is also a boxer, and two United States (US) Olympic athletes. It comes with a US$100,000 (S$123,000) cash prize.

"Ali embodies the spirit of the Liberty Medal by embracing the ideals of the Constitution - freedom, self-governance, equality and empowerment - and helping to spread them across the globe," former President Bill Clinton, the centre's chairman, said in a statement.

Since hanging up his gloves in 1981, Ali has travelled extensively on international charitable missions and devoted his time to philanthropy and social causes.