LeBron James Donates $2.5M to Smithsonian for Muhammad Ali Exhibit

November 17th, 2016 by Tim Daniels Leave a reply »

Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James, longtime business partner Maverick Carter and the LeBron James Family Foundation combined to donate $2.5 million to the National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian for a Muhammad Ali exhibit.

Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today reported Thursday the new showcase, "Muhammad Ali: A Force for Change," will honor the life of the boxing legend following his death in June. James commented on the lasting impact Ali had on his life:

Muhammad Ali is such a cornerstone of me as an athlete because of what he represented not only in the ring as a champion but more outside the ring — what he stood for, what he spoke for, his demeanor. I think of him every day. Without his passion and goals and morals, I don’t know if I’d be sitting here today talking to you about it.

The report noted two other NBA legends previously joined the cause, with six-time champion Michael Jordan donating $5 million, and five-time champion Magic Johnson and his wife, Cookie, contributing "at least $1 million" to the museum.

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