Ali Center gets first big corporate gift since Ali’s death

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Muhammad Ali Center in Kentucky has received its first big corporate donation since the boxing great’s death.

The UPS Foundation said Monday it is giving a $500,000 gift to support education initiatives at the center in Ali’s hometown of Louisville. Those initiatives promote social awareness and entrepreneurship.

Ali Center President and CEO Donald Lassere says a global fundraising campaign is planned for programs to continue the champ’s humanitarian agenda.

The center — founded by Ali and his wife, Lonnie — marked its 10th anniversary in November. It showcases Ali’s boxing career with videos and his causes outside the ring as a social activist and humanitarian.

Ali died June 3 at age 74 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

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