On Friday, June 3, 2016, Muhammad Ali's long battle with Parkinson's Syndrome ended. Being born and raised in Louisville, Muhammad Ali was more than the greatest boxer in the world, he was a hometown hero. Growing up seeing the daily image of Muhammad Ali on the side of buildings, hung up in restaurants, riding down Muhammad Ali Blvd., and seeing the illusion of him on the Muhammad Ali Center was the norm. It didn't take his death for us Louisville natives to to acknowledge his greatness.
As a college student at the University of Louisville, I remember going to football games and seeing Muhammad Ali there. When the announcer would acknowledge him during halftime the stadium would go in an uproar. As a native seeing his diminishing health throughout the years was absolutely heart breaking. As sad as it is that he lost his life and as heartbroken as I am for the Ali family, I am relieved to know that he no longer has to suffer.
His death has sparked brand new drive within me. A drive to continue pursuing my dreams and be an example to others in Louisville that dreams come true no matter where you are from. With hard work, faith, and tapping into that inner Muhammad Ali that lives within us Louisvillians we can accomplish ANYTHING.
Not only has Muhammad Ali's legacy affected the Nation, but it has also touched the World. Standing up for himself as well as other's, Muhammad Ali quickly became the voice of the people. Although no longer here physically, his legacy will always live on as The World's Greatest.
Trying to Live in my Dreams,
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