“I Am Ali” Festival Celebrating Legacy of “The Greatest”
Louisville will host a 6 week festival in 2017 celebrating the legacy of native son and global humanitarian Muhammad Ali.
The “I Am Ali” festival June 3 to July 15th and will highlight Ali’s “Six Core Principles”—Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Respect, Giving, and Spirituality-- with six weeks of programming and community events, tied to each one of these principles.
The celebration will include local arts and cultural groups, performances and events – along with two premier girls’ basketball tournament events that will bring 10,000 girls to Louisville.
The inaugural “I Am Ali” festival was held at the Kentucky Center this past summer during the week of Ali’s death and memorial, attracting 15,000 young people.
“The 2017 festival will build upon that success – and become an annual event for Louisville as we show the world and young people how to be like Ali,” Mayor Greg Fischer said.
In correlation with two premier girls’ basketball tournament events—the Run 4 Roses Basketball Classic and Battle in the Boro- taking place at the Kentucky Expo Center, the “I Am Ali” Festival will offer a conglomerate of programming, films, events, entertainment, and other activities around the city that connect with and reinforce Muhammad Ali’s great legacy as a global citizen, athlete, and humanitarian. This one-of-a-kind Festival was created in conjunction with Tucker Neale, Executive Director of ohiobasketball.com and owner of TSN Camps & Clinics.
The tournaments are for girls ages 13 to 17, 8th through 11th grades, who will play an integral part in the ‘I Am Ali’ Festival.’ These athletes, representing 50 states and three countries, who—along with their families—will bring upwards of 20,000 attendees. Through the Festival activities, the girls will be provided an unparalleled experience and the tools to make a difference within their own communities.
For more information visit alicenter.org