The Muhammad Ali Awards aren’t for boxing!

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

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Muhammad Ali visited Africa to donate food, wheelchairs, and medicine.

Muhammad Ali is hosting the first ever Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards on October 3! That’s a pretty drastic change of profession, huh? From ultimate boxing, heavyweight-champion to headlining his very own ceremony! See, Ali actually retired from boxing in 1981 and devoted his time to help various social groups. Now, he’s promoting social justice by awarding Christina Aguilera, former President Jimmy Carter, and young adults who’ve dedicated their time to spreading peace around the world.

Now, let’s get a closer look at the big names receiving high honors! Carter, the nation’s 39th president and Nobel Peace Prize winner, will receive the lifetime humanitarian achievement for protecting human rights. After leaving the White House, he helped the charity Habitat for Humanity build houses, and spread the word about preventing diseases in many of the world’s poorest countries. Wow! Talk about using your democratic power for good!

Christina Aguilera, the multiple Grammy Award winner, will receive the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award. In 2010, Aguilera became an anti-hunger ambassador for the UN World Food Programme, raising funds and awareness with visits to Haiti, Guatemala, and Rwanda.

How about the young adults and teenagers who don’t have celebrity status? Don’t they deserve a mention, too? Yep! The young adults receiving Ali Humanitarian awards are specifically recognized for exemplifying Ali’s six core values: confidence, conviction, dedication, giving, respect, and spirituality. Currently, only three winners have been mentioned.

The first is Tanvi Girotra from India who leads a global youth organization that promotes education and fights the slavery of women in her country. Another is Muhammed Kisirisa from Uganda who formed an anti-poverty organization that also educates orphans and children whose families are diagnosed with HIV and AIDS. Lastly, Craig Kielburger from Canada founded the group Free The Children in 1995 that donates food and water to poor nations.

With all the recent talk about the Emmy Awards and the Oscars, it’s nice to see regular people doing their very best to help others and getting rewarded for it.

Featured image courtesy of Ali Center Twitter. Image of Muhammad with African youth courtesy of Muhammad Ali Facebook.