Free Essay

Muhammad Ali

In: People

Submitted By ryan232
Words 856
Pages 4
Muhammad Ali: World Champion and Role Model World renown Muhammad Ali is known for his many championship titles in boxing along with his professional record of 56-5-0. While in the ring, he would always follow his motto “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” (“Muhammad Ali” 1). Muhammad Ali was motivated to fight by a police officer one day and he had no idea that that decision to begin fighting would dramatically change his future. Through determination Muhammad Ali became a world famous boxer and changed how the sport is played today. After his retirement he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, which led him to want to help other people with that disease and proceed with other humanitarian work. Being a world famous boxer, Muhammad Ali influenced many children with his unique fighting styles and how others now perceived the sport. Students of boxing would look back at his fights and notice that he “brought beauty and grace to the most uncompromising of sports” (Knauer 29). People getting into the sport of boxing look up to him as a role model trying to mimic his styles and copying his capability to “sway back” (Knauer 27), which was “a tactic that appalled to experts.” He mastered a skill that was very hard to do and put his own little spin on it. According to Kelly Knauer, he also was known for his extraordinary excess of skill and character (29). Muhammad Ali didn’t just leave behind his styles but it was his character that helped him become what he is today. Throughout Muhammad Ali’s whole life he helped people in need around his home community and all around the world. He “directly and positively affected the lives of people’s communities across the globe” (Walter 1). Muhammad has provided over “232 million meals to the worlds hungry” (“The Legend…” 1). He made it a life goal to give back to the community and to champion the issues in the developing world. During the Vietnam War, Muhammad went to visit the soldiers that were disabled to fight and also went to Cuba to personally give them some medical supplies. (“Muhammad Ali” American History 3). He is very motivated to help those in need and is maintaining his life long goal to “maintain peace” (“Muhammad Ali” American History 3). With all of his donations he has received from his community work around the world he opened a Muhammad Ali Center in Kentucky. Its main goal is to continue promoting “peace, social responsibility, respect and personal growth” (“Muhammad Ali” American History 3). Once his career came to an end Muhammad was diagnosed with a disease called Parkinson’s. According to “Muhammad Ali” by Newsmakers, this is common in boxers and some of the effects it has on the body includes slowness of movement, and problems with balancing and walking (2). Muhammad is now a spokesperson for the “National Parkinson’s Foundation” (“Muhammad Ali” Newsmakers 3) and other charities that help people in need. Being the spokesperson he can tell what these people are going through and can help encourage them to fight through it. Also, he can tell them what he had to do to fight through his own disease. Muhammad is in the process of raising money for his own “Muhammad Ali Parkinson center in Phoenix, AZ” (“Muhammad Ali Biography” 2). He has devoted most of his time, now that he is retired, to generously donating money to good causes, including his own center. He would love to help those that need help and he can share his story with them to hopefully inspire them to pursue their lives to the fullest. Muhammad Ali contributed to the world through his many accomplishments and contributions. He has inspired many young boxers who hope to continue their lives as boxers and look forward to being just like him. Also, he has inspired people around the world with Parkinson’s to fight through their disease and do whatever they please with their lives. Not to mention that he also contributed to starving people in poor countries around the globe. He has earned his title as a role model and as a very idolized person throughout the world. He always said, “I am the greatest” (Walter 27) and wasn’t too far from the truth. He indeed was the greatest and will continue to help people until the day he dies.

Works Cited
Evans, C. T. "Muhammad Ali." Nova Online Home Page. 27 Dec. 2011. Web. 17 Apr. 2012. .
Knauer, Kelly. "Muhammad Ali." Time 100: Heroes & Icons : Person of the Century. New York: Time, 2000. 27-29. Print.
"The Legend - The Official Muhammad Ali Website." The Official Muhammad Ali Website. 2012 Muhammad Ali Enterprises LLC, 2012. Web. 20 Apr. 2012. .
"Muhammad Ali." American History. ABC-CLIO, 2012. Web. 23 Apr. 2012.
"Muhammad Ali Biography." Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, 2012. Web. 18 Apr. 2012. .
"Muhammad Ali." Newsmakers. Detroit: Gale, 1997. Gale Student Resources In Context. Web. 23 Apr. 2012.
Walter Dr., John C. "Muhammad Ali: Exemplar to the World." Arnet. Liverpool John Moores University and the Contributors, 18 May 2011. Web. 17 Apr. 2012. .…...

Similar Documents

Free Essay

Muhammad Ali

..."The name Muhammad Ali needs no introduction in the sports industry. This man is a living legend. Ali has accomplished my achievements during an era when African-Americas weren’t allowed any opportunities. The career of Cassius Clay began at the age of twelve. After his brand new bike had been stolen at the Louisville Home Show. He wanted to “whoop” the thieves so badly that he began to take boxing lessons. His first victory was a three round, three-minute split decision match. As he became more dedicated to boxing, Clay advanced to winning six Kentucky Golden Gloves Championships, two National Golden Glove tournaments and two National AAU titles. He won a gold medal at the 1960 Rome Olympics. The career highlight for Cassius Clay was being titled heavyweight champion after his defeating Sonny Liston. Ali contributes to variety of charities and services. “ I am devoting much of his life today healing the human spirit. My chosen path for doing this is my religion. “ quoted Muhammad. He is creating the Muhammad Ali center in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. The ultimate goal of the Muhammad Ali center is to inspire everyone everywhere to be the best they can be. It has been a dream of Ali to create a place to share, teach and inspire people to be their best and pursue their dreams. He also lends his name and presence to hunger and poverty relief and supporting education efforts of all kinds. In addition, he promotes adoption and encouraging people to love one......

Words: 404 - Pages: 2

Premium Essay

Muhammad Ali

...What kind of man does it take to achieve greatness? A man that inspires people through his work in the boxing ring, as well as in his personal life. We meet a man who, throughout his life has done both all the way up to this very day. He has inspired people to fight for what they believe and to have confidence to be whoever you want. Muhammad Ali was one of the greatest boxers of all time and an influential leader throughout his entire life. Cassius Clay was born January 17, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky. While Cassius was a young he experienced racial prejudice and discrimination. At the age of 12, young Cassius and a friend were at the local fair when the two noticed Cassius bike was stolen, which led him to his boxing career. It was more of a twist of fate that brought Cassius Clay to boxing. According to Muhammad Ali (2013). Cassius ran to Joe Martin who was a police officer and also trained boxers at the local gym. When Joe heard that Cassius wanted to beat the thief up Joe Martin replied “Well you better learn how to fight, before you start challenging people” Muhammad Ali (2013). Joe Martin took Cassius under his wing and worked with Cassius on his boxing skills. Cassius went on to win his first Amateur fight in 1954 from a split decision. Cassius then won the Golden Gloves Tournament for novices in 1956 as well as jumping through ranks and winning the National Golden Gloves three years later. Cassius was quick and had a powerful jab that caught his opponents of......

Words: 1034 - Pages: 5

Premium Essay

Muhammad

...Almutairi PG#1 Muhammad English 100(w) 18 September 2013 How Did I Become Who I Am Now? Life is a journey that is very interesting and confusing in some kind of way. Everyday many people face problems and some of them give up. In my life I have faced many struggles some struggles were very hard for me. In my voyage in life was very hard everything that I had thought it will come smoothly it turns to be a huge problem. Throw out my life I have faced many dilemmas that knocked me down but throw my struggles my family had stood beside me and left me back to my feet and from that I have gained confidence in myself and become stronger but I am now studying abroad and had become independence person. My identity had changed throw out the years because of my struggles, my family and living abroad. I have four brothers and one little sister, my big brothers Salem and Abdul had really affected my life. My brother Salem is the oldest he had broken the barrier to us by being the first of my family to study abroad and my family was really proud of him. My brother Abdul was different he was a trouble maker but in the end he had made something of ho be Almutairi PG#2 Someone who had achieved great thing but to me Abdul because I saw what he had gone throw and what he had achieved and I really admire him. When I was in 8th grade my father had transferred me to another school and was the worst year of my life and it had changed my life and even scared me. In my old school we......

Words: 1478 - Pages: 6

Premium Essay

Muhammad

...Muhammad was born into the most powerful tribe in Mecca, the Quraish. The Quarish were merchants. Several trade routes intersected at Mecca, allowing the Quraish to control trade along the west coast of Arabia, north to Syria, and south to Yemen which made them very successful. After working for several years as a merchant, Muhammad was hired by a wealthy widow to ensure the safe passage of her caravans to Syria. They eventually married. When he was around forty years old, Muhammad began having visions and hearing voices. As he tried to figure out the meaning of these visions, the angel Gabriel appeared to him. This revelation became the basis of the writings in the Quran. These revelations pointed to the existence of a single God, contradicting the polytheistic beliefs of the pre-Islamic Arabian Peninsula. Initially overwhelmed and afraid about the revelations he was having, he thought about ignoring the messages, but with strong support from his wife, he began spreading the word. As he began speaking publicly about his monotheistic ideas, the Mecca merchants weren’t happy. They were afraid that trade, which they believed was protected by the pagan gods, would suffer. Muhammad was shunned and not welcome in Mecca. Fortunately, he had the support and protection from his uncle, but after his death, Muhammad knew he needed to leave Mecca. Muhammad's mission was to purify the lineage of Ishmael, to separate it from idolatry and to provide it with a clear understanding of......

Words: 557 - Pages: 3

Premium Essay

Muhammad Ali

...Muhammad Ali (Cassius Marcellus Clay) was born 17 January 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky to parents of modest circumstances.  He started boxing in junior high, when he learned boxing from a policeman at a local gym. By the time that Ali had reached high school, he already intended to be a prizefighter and hoped to box in the Olympics.  As an amateur boxer, Ali attracted notice in 1960 by winning the Amateur Athletic Union light heavyweight and Golden Gloves heavyweight championships. At the Rome Olympics in 1960, Ali crushed his opponents to win a gold medal in the light heavyweight division.   After turning pro, Ali defeated his first opponents.  Then on 25 February 1964, he fought, and knocked out, Sonny Liston in seven rounds, thus becoming the new heavyweight world champion.  Ali defended his title nine times from 1965 to 1967 and became universally recognized as world heavyweight champion after outpointing World Boxing Association (WBA) champion Ernie Terrell in fifteen rounds on 6 February 1967. Ali often proclaimed his invincibility in verse and boasted, "I am the greatest!"   Soon after becoming heavyweight champion, Ali decided to change his religion and joined the Nation of Islam (Black Muslims), taking the Muslim name "Muhammad Ali."  The Vietnam War then interrupted Ali's career.  In 1967, he was inducted into the military, but he refused to serve, saying his religious beliefs forbade him to fight. While some Americans praised Ali for risking prison to stand up......

Words: 720 - Pages: 3

Premium Essay

Muhammad Ali

...Muhammad Ali Muhammad Ali, whose birth name was Cassius Marcellus Clay, was born in Louisville, Kentucky January 17, 1942. He was named for a white, Kentucky abolitionist, Cassius M. Clay, and received the name Marcellus from his father’s name. Ali’s father, Marcellus Clay was a mural painter who did a lot of work for many churches in the community and his mother Odessa (Grady) Clay was a domestic worker. As a young boy, Cassius Clay was full of energy and carried a loud mouth wherever he went. One day when Ali discovered that someone stole his bicycle, he became enraged and made loud threatening comments by exclaiming that he would “whup whoever stole it.” Upon hearing these threats, Louisville police officer Joe Martin persuaded Ali to take out his frustration in the boxing ring rather than on the dangerous streets of Louisville. At age 12, Ali’s boxing career had officially begun. Martin started Ali working out in Louisville’s Columbia Gym, and Ali became passionately devoted to the sport. With the help of a black trainer named Fred Stoner, who taught Ali the techniques of boxing and to move with the grace of a dancer, Ali became a very skilled and deadly competitor. Between 1955 and 1960, Ali had participated in 108 bouts, in which he won six Kentucky Golden Glove titles, two National Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) championships, two National Golden Glove crowns, and received the Gold Medal in the light heavyweight division in the 1960 Summer Olympics held in Rome,......

Words: 1528 - Pages: 7

Premium Essay

Muhammad Ali Jinnah

...MUHAMMAD ALI JINNAH Born in Karachi to a Gujurati family, Pakistan’s founder was among the first students of a Muslim school in Bombay which was also attended by the renown Quran translator Abudllah Yusuf Ali. Jinnah also attended the school Sind Madrassat-ul-Islam in his native Karachi. From a young age, his aspirations were clearly Islamic. When he was sent to study law in England, he chose the law school the Lincoln Inn in London because it considered Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, as one of the greatest law givers of the world. He became the youngest graduate at his school, completing his law degree at 18. Later, after returning to India and establishing a successful law practice, he joined the Indian National Congress and its movement to free India from British colonial rule. However, he became disenchanted with the party when Mohandas Gandhi, its leader, began brining Hindu religious language and symbolism into the movement. Jinnah felt this disempowered Muslims and slowed down the cause of freedom. In response, he quit the Congress and returned to England. The Muslim poet-philosopher Allama Muhammad Iqbal coaxed him back to India, inspiring him with the idea of Pakistan and the need to fight for the rights of Indian Muslims, who were not fairly represented in the Hindu-majority country, particularly in the areas of politics and employment. Jinnah rose to become president of the Muslim League and leader of the movement for Pakistan. His entry......

Words: 1659 - Pages: 7

Premium Essay

Muhammad Ali

...When you hear the name Ali most people only think of a great boxer, but Muhammad Ali was much more then a boxer he was an inspiration to many americans living in poverty. American soldiers fighting over seas were given strength by this amazing fighter. Muhammad Ali is an unsung heroes in american history. Muhammad Ali was born January 17,1942 (may have been conceived in May 1941) under the name Cassius Marcellus Clay jr. in Louisville, Kentucky. Ali was born to Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr. and Odessa Grady Clay. Ali changed his name after he converted to Muslim in 1975. Ali's road to greatness started when he was 12 years old. When a red and white Schwinn bicycle was stolen, a distraught Ali went to a police station to report the theft. Young Ali reported the theft to police officer Joe Martin, while Ali was telling the officer what happened he said the phrase that would start his career " when I find the person that stole my bike Im going to pummel them". Officer martin ( boxing trainer) told the young man that he needed to train before he started to challenge any one. Officer Martin took Ali under his wing and began to train him. This was the first step on the long road to being a world heavy weight champion and Olympic gold medal.Young Ali trained hard and dedicated all his time to learning as much as he could about the art of boxing. Four weeks later (1954) Ali won his first match by a split decision....

Words: 261 - Pages: 2

Premium Essay

The Prophet, Muhammad

...The Prophet Muhammad The Prophet Muhammad is the organizer of Islam. Individuals of the Islamic confidence know him as the Dispatcher of God. Muhammad carried on with a harsh life yet he additionally changed individuals' lives. His religion has affected a great many individuals. There are no photos of Muhammad's face; he made a point that the religion was to not be about him, but rather about Allah. In 570 C.E in Mecca, Arabia a child kid, a relative of Abraham named Muhammad, whose name signifies "exceptionally commended", was conceived. Muhammad's dad, Abdullah, kicked the bucket before he was conceived and his mom, Amina passed on when he was just six years of age. After the passing of his mother, he turned into a vagrant. A lady named Halima, who turned into his temporary mother, took him in. In 595 C.E., Muhammad was reached by one of his affluent widowed cousins, Khadija, who required him to offer a few merchandise for her. A significant number of Muhammad's cousins lived in Mecca, so it was not unprecedented that Khadijah had reached him. He was known for being a decent dealer. Muhammad and Khadijah met a few times to talk about the offering of products. Khadijah started to end up keen on him on an individual level, despite the fact that she was fifteen years more seasoned than Muhammad. Khadijah asked Nufaysah (known as the relational arranger) to inquire as to whether he was keen on wedding Khadijah. Muhammad and Khadijah were soon connected with and wedded.......

Words: 2163 - Pages: 9

Premium Essay

Muhammad Ali Khan

...See discussions, stats, and author profiles for this publication at: http://www.researchgate.net/publication/274097848 Energy management based on Internet of Things: practices and framework for adoption in production management ARTICLE in JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION · MARCH 2015 Impact Factor: 3.84 · DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.03.055 CITATIONS READS 2 200 2 AUTHORS: Fadi Shrouf Giovanni Miragliotta Politecnico di Milano Politecnico di Milano 4 PUBLICATIONS 26 CITATIONS 28 PUBLICATIONS 308 CITATIONS SEE PROFILE SEE PROFILE Available from: Fadi Shrouf Retrieved on: 26 January 2016 Journal of Cleaner Production 100 (2015) 235e246 Contents lists available at ScienceDirect Journal of Cleaner Production journal homepage: www.elsevier.com/locate/jclepro Energy management based on Internet of Things: practices and framework for adoption in production management Fadi Shrouf a, b, *, Giovanni Miragliotta a a b Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering, Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI), Italy Department of Industrial Engineering, Business Administration and Statistics, ETSII, Universidad Politcnica de Madrid (UPM), Spain e a r t i c l e i n f o a b s t r a c t Article history: Received 6 November 2014 Received in revised form 5 March 2015 Accepted 18 March 2015 Available online 27 March 2015 In today's manufacturing scenario, rising energy prices, increasing......

Words: 9948 - Pages: 40

Premium Essay

Muhammad

...Muhammad: My Personal view of Muhammad it is probably biased by my faith as a Christian. After reading the three sources I came with a single image of Muhammad. As I began to read about the prophet Muhammad in the beginning, I could not help but agree with why his people called him the perfect person. According to Islam, Muhammad is the last prophet sent to mankind. He himself speaks of himself as the prophet of the whole mankind. According to him, this is one characteristic that differentiates him from all other prophets. Despite his power and respect that he earned among his people, he did not want to be known as such a person, but rather be treated as an equal to all of those around him. The prophet was only an instrument; he merely conveyed a message passed to him by the Angel Gabriel. Muhammad’s teachings became widespread, and focused now on practical instructions and rules for daily living, rather than on salvation and judgment. I believe, Muhammad took a brutal tribal system where most people had few rights and converted it into a democratic society where everyone was given an opportunity, from women and children to slaves, the poor, and even those of other faiths. However, as I read further about him and the rapid growth of his religion, something else came into being; a somewhat different opinion that I did not expect to have, emerged. He started becoming this person that wanted to spread his religion as much as possible, which is understandable for......

Words: 1042 - Pages: 5

Premium Essay

Muhammad Ali Essay

...Muhammad Ali  born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016) was an American professional boxer. From early in his career, Ali was known as an inspiring, controversial and polarizing figure both inside and outside the boxing ring. Clay was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and he began training when he was 12 years old. At 22, he won the world heavyweight championship from Sonny Liston in an upset in 1964. Shortly after that, Clay converted to Islam, changed his "slave" name to Ali, and gave a message of racial pride for African Americans and resistance to white domination. In 1966, two years after winning the heavyweight title, Ali further antagonized the white establishment by refusing to be conscripted into the U.S. military, citing his religious beliefs and opposition to American involvement in the Vietnam War. He was eventually arrested and found guilty of draft evasion charges and stripped of his boxing titles, which he successfully appealed in the U.S. Supreme Court where, in 1971, his conviction was overturned. Due to this hiatus, he had not fought again for nearly four years—losing a time of peak performance as an athlete. Ali's actions as a conscientious objector to the war made him an icon for the larger counterculture generation. Ali remains the only three-time lineal world heavyweight champion; he won the title in 1964, 1974, and 1978. Between February 25, 1964, and September 19, 1964, Ali reigned as the heavyweight boxing champion. Nicknamed......

Words: 327 - Pages: 2

Premium Essay

Muhammed Ali

...Boxer, philanthropist, and social activist Muhammed Ali was born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. on January 17, 1942, in Louisville, Kentucky. Ali won the Golden Gloves Tournament in 1959 and an Olympic gold medal in 1960. During the 1960s Ali won all of his bouts with the majority of them by knockout. Since his retirement, Ali has devoted much of his time to philanthropy. Quotes "The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life." – Muhammad AliEarly Life Boxer, philanthropist, social activist. Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. on January 17, 1942, in Louisville, Kentucky. Once one of the top American boxers, Muhammad Ali has shown that he is not afraid of any fight—inside or outside the ring. Growing up in the segregated South, Ali experienced firsthand the prejudice and discrimination that African-Americans faced during this era. At the age of 12, Ali discovered his talent for boxing through an odd twist of fate. His bike was stolen, and Ali told a police officer, Joe Martin, that he wanted to beat up the thief. "Well, you better learn how to fight before you start challenging people," Martin reportedly told him at the time. In addition to being a police officer, Martin also trained young boxers at a local gym. Ali started working with Martin to learn how to box, and soon began his boxing career. In his first amateur bout in 1954, he won the fight by split decision. Ali went on to win the 1956 Golden Gloves Championship for...

Words: 1254 - Pages: 6

Premium Essay

Mohammed Ali

...Mohammad Ali Mohammad Ali AKA Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. was one of the most talented boxer’s in the world “float like a butterfly sting like a bee” quoted from millions of his fans he was born on January 17, 1942, in Louisville, Kentucky The success story of Muhammad Ali began with a simple incident. In 1954, when Ali was only 12 years old, his bike was stolen when he was with a friend at the Columbia auditorium. Boiling with rage, young Cassius encountered Joe Martin, a police officer. It was Martin who first advised him to learn boxing before he thought about fighting with anybody for revenge! This was the time when Clay began training with Fred Stoner. With Stoner’s training, Clay then won six Kentucky Golden Gloves title and many more medals. Young Cassius thus began dreaming about being a heavyweight champion at an early age.  As a teenager, this boy completely dedicated himself to boxing. He practiced with unmatched fervor. His constant practice set him off from other boys. The talent and hard work is what helped him to bag all the medals even before he turned 18 years of age. With 100 wins in his amateur career, Cassius returned home to Louisville only to be shocked with unfair treatment. Cassius was refused service at a local restaurant despite all the extraordinary feats.  Muhammad Ali’s childhood was thus not an ordinary life. It was the beginning that laid the foundation of a success story to inspire many others that choose this path. Muhammad Ali......

Words: 727 - Pages: 3

Free Essay

Muhammad Ali Essay

...Muhammad Ali Muhammad Ali who was originally known as Cassius Clay Jr. is an American former professional boxer, philanthropist, and civil rights activist. Considered a cultural icon, Ali was both idolized as well as vilified. It would be easiest to brag about how many championships he has acquired or fights he has won throughout his career, but Ali did not become one of the more famous people in the world by just winning numerous amounts of fights. He was a daily headline, the bigger ones outside the ring. He was complicated and unpredictable, refreshing, and controversial. He was totally against racism and wanted equality for every human being. He won a gold medal for the United States in the 1960 Rome Olympics and proudly stood on the victory stand. Later, he reportedly threw the medal into the Ohio River after not being allowed to eat in a whites-only restaurant. Ali used the heavyweight championship tile as a weapon against the social and economic injustices of his time. He became the most recognized American on the globe, his words to dictators freed hostages where military force and political authority failed and he still took the time to play with kids on the street when he came to their neighborhoods whether it was in Detroit or Zaire. He fought evil and injustice with all the tools God gave him, harder and in a bigger arena than he ever did as a boxer. Ali paid a huge cost for his beliefs without thought to his personal gain, and proved Hemingway right, "a man......

Words: 575 - Pages: 3