Muhammad Ali Biography Essay

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Maddie Hughes and Jack Jacobs
a. Biographical Overview/Athletic Accomplishments:
Muhammad Ali was one of the best boxers alive. He had a mentor by the name of “Elijah Muhammad” who died in 1975. Muhammad Ali’s full name is “Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.”, but was renamed to “Muhammad Ali” by his mentor “Elijah Muhammad”. Ali was born on January 17, 1942 in Louisville, KY. He started professional boxing at the age of 18. In 1967, Muhammad Ali was indicted for refusing induction in U.S. Army, from 1967-1969 Muhammad Ali in conflicted for refusing induction in the U.S. Army. His first professional fight was against Tunney Hunsaker, he knocked him out in six rounds. In 1978, Muhammad Ali beat Leon Spinks in fifteen rounds, and that was supposed to
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He is more than an athlete. Ali has had many great fights in and out of the ring. In the early 1980s, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Despite his disability, he still remains a beloved and active public figure in society.
Muhammad Ali is an active humanitarian, goodwill ambassador and does charity events. He has raised money for Parkinson’s research, by organizing a Celebrity Fight Night, which raised more than $45 million for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix. Also, Ali has done extensive charity work to champion the causes of developing nations. He has done much to support charities in the United States, visiting soup kitchens and hospitals, helping organizations like the Make-a-Wish-Foundation and the Special Olympics, and advocating laws to help protect children. Furthermore, he has made goodwill missions to outcast nations such as Afghanistan, North Korea, and Cuba, and during the Gulf War, he traveled to Iraq to negotiate the release of American hostages. These traits and actions have proven that Muhammad Ali never gives up and is always striving to do his best. He is an inspiration to us all, and even to generations of people to
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