Louisville Mayor’s Street Festival
Mayor Greg Fischer is inviting the public to join in a street festival on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Southwick Community Center to help kick-off celebration of the annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards later that evening.
As part of the festival and in memory of The Champ, the city and Schwinn will provide free bicycles to 100 children who earned the opportunity by completing Bike Louisville’s Bike Sense program at a Metro Parks and Recreation community center.
Several hundred children participated this summer in the Bike Sense program, which teaches safety skills, including how to avoid hazards on the road. Representatives of Bike Louisville selected 100 of those children for the free bikes, based on program requirements, including attendance, participation and a sense of responsibility. They’ll also receive a helmet and bike lock.
Louisville Metro Police officers will present the bikes, in a tribute to the day in 1954 that Louisville police officer Joe Martin met a young Cassius Clay, whose bike had just been stolen. Clay told the officer, who also ran a boxing gym, that he wanted to “whup” the person who took the bike, and Martin replied that he ought to learn to box first. Martin then trained the young man, who later would become Muhammad Ali, a three-time heavyweight boxing champion.
The bikes will be presented at noon during the festival, which runs from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Southwick Community Center, 3621 Southern Avenue. (The Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards are that evening at the Marriott Louisville Downtown.)
Besides the bike donation, the Mayor’s street festival will include music, refreshments and kids’ activities. Nearly two dozen LMPD officers will be at the festival throughout the day, interacting with children and their parents, serving food and helping children with their bikes and helmets.
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