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buildOn and the Muhammad Ali Center Partner to Empower Youth Service

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Stamford, Connecticut, April 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In celebration of Global Youth Service Day on April 21, non-profit buildOn (buildon.org) and the Muhammad Ali Center (MAC - alicenter.org) are partnering to empower urban youth to change their communities from within through service. 

During the month of April, thousands of buildOn students throughout the U.S. are engaging in community service activities that directly relate to the Six Core Principles of the late boxing champ, humanitarian, and global icon, Muhammad Ali: Confidence, Respect, Dedication, Conviction, Giving and Spirituality. As buildOn students volunteer to serve their neighbors in need – helping the homeless, visiting with senior citizens, and mentoring younger children — they will also reflect on their own ‘Red Bike Moment®', a homage to the pivotal moment in Ali's early life that started him on his own path to greatness. 

"The Muhammad Ali Center is a place of inspiration and transformation for people of all ages, but especially so for young people," said Donald Lassere, President and CEO of the Muhammad Ali Center. "Our collaboration with buildOn provides the Center with another opportunity to inspire young people through Muhammad's legacy. This partnership reinforces how service to others helps positively affect the lives of both those being assisted and the hearts of those who are serving."

buildOn students will be sharing their service reflections on social media with hashtag #AliCenter as they take on Ali's challenge to better themselves and improve the lives of others.

"Ali stands as an excellent example of public service and leadership that buildOn strives to develop in our young people," said Paul Boye, buildOn's Chief Program Officer U.S. "His Core Principles are qualities that young people everywhere can emulate to better our communities and our world. We're excited to partner with the Muhammad Ali Center to empower buildOn youth to serve."

For more information, please contact Brandon Worth, buildOn's Vice President of Marketing at brandon.worth@buildon.org. 

About buildOn: At home or abroad, buildOn's mission is to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education. Across the U.S., buildOn empowers urban youth to transform their neighborhoods through intensive community service and to change the world by building schools in some of the economically poorest countries in the world. Since 1991, buildOn has empowered more than 2 million hours of volunteer service in the U.S. and constructed 1,269 schools worldwide, with more than 160,000 children and adults attending these schools every day. For more information, visit www.buildon.org. 

About the Muhammad Ali CenterThe Muhammad Ali Center, a 501(c)3 corporation, was co-founded by Muhammad Ali and his wife Lonnie in their hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. The international cultural center promotes the Six Core Principles of Muhammad Ali (Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect, and Spirituality) in ways that inspire personal and global greatness and provides programming and events around the focus areas of education, gender equity, and global citizenship. Its newest initiative, Generation Ali, fosters a new generation of leaders to contribute positively to their communities and to change the world for the better. The Center's headquarters also contains an award-winning museum experience. For more information, please visit www.alicenter.org.

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Brandon Worth
buildOn
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