The name Muhammad Ali needs no introduction in the sports industry. This man is a living legend. Ali has accomplished my achievements during an era when African-Americas weren’t allowed any opportunities.
The career of Cassius Clay began at the age of twelve. After his brand new bike had been stolen at the Louisville Home Show. He wanted to “whoop” the thieves so badly that he began to take boxing lessons. His first victory was a three round, three-minute split decision match. As he became more dedicated to boxing, Clay advanced to winning six Kentucky Golden Gloves Championships, two National Golden Glove tournaments and two National AAU titles. He won a gold medal at the 1960 Rome Olympics. The career highlight for Cassius Clay was being titled heavyweight champion after his defeating Sonny Liston.
Ali contributes to variety of charities and services. “ I am devoting much of his life today healing the human spirit. My chosen path for doing this is my religion. “ quoted Muhammad. He is creating the Muhammad Ali center in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. The ultimate goal of the Muhammad Ali center is to inspire everyone everywhere to be the best they can be. It has been a dream of Ali to create a place to share, teach and inspire people to be their best and pursue their dreams. He also lends his name and presence to hunger and poverty relief and supporting education efforts of all kinds. In addition, he promotes adoption and encouraging people to love one another.
Once such a turbulent man, Muhammad Ali now has a more peaceful and religious view of life. Religion has taught him that God wants us all to love each other and that love, not hate, is at the heart of God’s master plan. “ When I was young, I was a professional boxer. But that’s not my “field” anymore. My most important job now is trying to teach people to treat each other with dignity and respect.” Ali also believes that the next thousand years will bring a golden age of tolerance and understanding among all people.
Not only has he accomplished amazing goals in his career, but Ali has given back to the community, stood up for his rights, and made effort to teach the world through religion. Muhammad Ali- Cassius Clay is a legend, a role model, and a hero. His influence upon society is extraordinary.