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Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards honor people who make a difference

Awards were presented on Saturday in Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2014) — The second annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards took place on Saturday at the Louisville Downtown Marriott.

aliThe event was created to celebrate people who are making differences in their communities and beyond. In addition to the awards, six people 30 and under were honored with an award for each of Muhammad’s Six Core Principles: Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect, and Spirituality.

Recipients of the 2014 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards included: former NFL star, social justice activist, and actor Jim Brown; international humanitarian and entrepreneur, Mick Ebeling; Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon; musician, poet, and activist Common; and Kentucky humanitarians Robert and Deborah Blair.

Jim Brown was presented with the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mick Ebeling was named Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year for his work as founder and CEO of Not Impossible, LLC, an organization that develops creative solutions to real-world problems.

Susan Sarandon was honored with the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Global Citizenship.

Common was presented the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Education.

This year’s Muhammad Ali Kentucky Humanitarian Award went to Mr. and Mrs. Robert and Deborah Blair, founders of the West End School in Louisville. West End School is a free, private, college preparatory, Pre-K through Eighth school for young men.

Awards to citizens under 30 went to: Jessica Matthews, 26 of New York; Mario Andres Hurtado Cordazo, 22 of Colombia; Kennedy Odede, 29 of Kenya; Talia Leman, 19 from Iowa; Sejal Hathi, 23 from California; and Mastura Rashid, age 24 of Malaysia.

Special recognition was bestowed upon Azucena Chamberlain, a Spanish teacher for the Jefferson County Public School system, who volunteers her time as an after-school flamenco instructor at two JCPS elementary schools.

Gabriel (Gabe The Cake Man) and Olivia (Livvy) Feinn were also recognized. These siblings have been working together to raise $35,000 to build a hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo by baking cakes and cupcakes for those who donate to their cause.