LouisvilleKY’s Churchill Downs and Kentucky Derby Museum getting in on Pokemon Go Tuesday, Jul 19 2016 

Come capture Pokémon at the Kentucky Derby Museum and Churchill Downs Racetrack with a limited-time, exclusive access Pokémon Go Tour

Photos from Churchill Down’s Facebook page.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 18, 2016) – Join the Kentucky Derby Museum and Churchill Downs Racetrack on your quest to catch ‘em all! Get ready to capture Pokémon under the Twin Spires and hatch your incubating eggs as our resident Pokémon Go experts guide you to PokéStops and gyms scattered across the Museum and historic Churchill Downs! 
You’ll have a chance to explore five PokéStops and two gyms, with exclusive access to the stops inside the gates that are currently not available to the general public.  It will take you into the Paddock, the Churchill Downs Clubhouse, through the tunnels into the Infield as well as other stops on the grounds, giving you plenty of time to capture Pokémon at each stop. Our tour guides will drop lures at each PokéStop along the way giving you the chance to capture the rarest of Pokémon!
 pokemon churchill downs
You’ll learn about the Kentucky Derby and the history of one of Louisville’s most famous landmarks while getting your steps in!
Pokemon Churchill Downs
This limited-time tour is available Wednesday, July 20th at 2 p.m. and Sunday, July 24th at 2 p.m. The cost is $15 per person and includes general admission to the Kentucky Derby Museum. Visit DerbyMuseum.org for more information and to purchase tickets today!

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It’s Christmas in July at LouisvilleKY’s Slugger Field this week Wednesday, Jul 13 2016 

LOUISVILLE BATS TO HOST CHRISTMAS IN JULY, TOYS FOR TOTS TOY DRIVE

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Louisville Bats return from the All-Star Break with a four-game series at Louisville Slugger Field against the Indianapolis Indians beginning Thursday, July 14. The series will feature two Reds’ rehab starters pitching for the Bats, Homer Bailey (Friday) and Tim Adleman (Saturday).
Saturday, the Bats will host a Christmas in July game and also wear Ugly Christmas Sweater jerseys that will be auctioned off at www.bats.milbauctions.com. The auction will begin on Wednesday, July 20 at 10:00 a.m. and will end on Wednesday July 27 at 10:00 p.m.
For the game, there will be photo opportunities with Santa Claus in the Hall of Fame Pavilion from 6:15-8 p.m. Special decorations for the photos, provided by Christmas at the Galt House. The Toys for Tots Toy Drive will take place when fans enter the gates. You can donate any new/unwrapped toy when entering and receiver a voucher for a FREE hot dog and small Pepsi.
Christmas In July Graphic
During the game check-in to the Bats mobile app and automatically be entered for a chance to win special Bats logo gifts. Each inning we will randomly select one lucky fan that has checked-in as a winner for the 9-innings of Christmas Giveaways promotion, with the winners being announced on the videoboard. Prizes include Bats logo merchandise, team autographed items, a $250 Shane Co. gift card, ugly Christmas sweater jerseys and more! 
On Thursday night will be another Budweiser Game Time Happy Hour from 5:30-7 p.m. with live music by Wildwood from 5:30-6:25 p.m. on the Overlook Deck. Also, the KY Lottery Corvette will be parked on the Witherspoon Plaza and will also be driven around the warning track during the game.
Friday, the 2016 Bats team photo giveaway will be given to the first 2,000 fans, presented by Ford. Also on Friday, there will be another postgame fireworks show, sponsored by Sysco.
 
The Bats come out of the break with a 44-47 record 4.5 games back of the division-leading Columbus Clippers. Indianapolis is 3.5 games ahead of Louisville and just 1.0 game back of the Clippers. Jermaine Curtis will appear in the Triple-A All-Star Game tonight at 7:00 p.m. and will be broadcast on MLB Network.  

Homestand Highlights July 14-17

Thursday, July 14 – Louisville Bats vs. Indianapolis Indians – 7:05 pm

·         Thirsty Thursday: $1 Bud & Bud Light from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Presented by Budweiser, iHeartRadio, Courier-Journal & Kentucky Lottery.
·         Live Music on the Overlook Deck from ‘Wildwood’ from 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

Friday, July 15 – Louisville Bats vs. Indianapolis Indians – 7:05 pm 

·         Fireworks presented by Sysco
·         2016 Team Photo Giveaway (1st 2,000) presented by Ford.

Saturday, July 16 – Louisville Bats vs. Indianapolis Indians – 6:05 pm

·         Christmas in July presented by Shane Co. 
·         Magnet Giveaway (1st 2,500) presented by Shane Co.
·         Beach Towel Giveaway (1st 500) on the Overlook Deck presented by Shock Top.
·         Backyard Bash: Cornhole on the Overlook until 7:30; $3 14 oz. Goose Island IPA, AmberBock and Shock Top at the Overlook Grill until the end of the 7th inning; adult fans may register to win two (2) 2016 World Series tickets. Presented by Anheuser-Busch.
·         Friends & Family Night: Four Field Reserved tickets, four hats & four Raising Cane’s meal vouchers for only $39. Presented by Raising Cane’s. 

Sunday, July 17 – Louisville Bats vs. Indianapolis Indians – 6:05 pm

·         Kids Eat Free: All kids 12-and-under with paid admission receive a free hot dog, junior nacho and small Pepsi. One meal per child. Presented by Mortenson Family Dental, WDRB, Meijer, Pepsi & Courier-Journal.
·         Kids Inflatable FunZone: 5-8 p.m. in the climate-controlled Hall of Fame pavilion presented by Mortenson Family Dental, BracesBracesBraces and Kids Dentistree.
·         Kids Run the Bases presented by Meijer, Subway & YMCA.
 
The Bats have averaged 8,827 fans per game at Louisville Slugger Field since its opening in 2000 and have totaled over 10 million fans through 16 seasons. Tickets for all regular season games are available. The entire 2016 Bats schedule, including updated promotions and special events, can be found at batsbaseball.com. Single-game tickets may be purchased online, by calling1-855-228-8497 or by visiting the Louisville Slugger Field box office. Full and partial season tickets, along with group outings and suite rentals are available by calling the Bats front office at 502-212-2287.

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LouisvilleKY baseball fans get a quick two-game set from the Bats Thursday, Jul 7 2016 

BATS TO HOST QUICK TWO-GAME SET WITH COLUMBUS

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Louisville Bats return home for a quick two-game series against the Columbus Clippers on Thursday and Friday. Thursday, Homer Bailey will start for the Bats with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

 

Thursday will be the locally known Budweiser Game Time Happy Hour with $1 Bud and Bud Light from 5:30-7 p.m. on the Overlook Deck. Live music will be performed by Timmy & Scharfe from5:30-6:25 p.m.

Bats

 

Friday there will be a Louisville Slugger Mini Bat giveaway to the first 1,000 children 12 & under presented by Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. Also fans can stay after the game and enjoy postgame fireworks sponsored by KentuckyOne Health.

 

The Bats sit two games under .500 at 42-44, 4.5 games back of the division leading Clippers entering play on Thursday. Reds prospect Amir Garrett collected his Triple-A win on July 4 and is 1-1 with a 2.89 ERA. Garrett will represent the Reds in the SiriusXM Futures Game in San Diego, CA. Jermaine Curtis will represent the Bats in the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 13, in Charlotte, NC. He is the lone All-Star representative for the Bats.

 

Homestand Highlights July 7-July 8

Thursday, June 30 – Louisville Bats vs. Gwinnett Braves – 7:05 pm

  • Thirsty Thursday: $1 Bud & Bud Light from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Presented by Budweiser, iHeartRadio, Courier-Journal & Kentucky Lottery.
  • Live Music on the Overlook Deck from “Timmy & Scharfe” from 5:30-6:25 p.m.
  • Miller Transportation Sponsor Night

Friday, July 1 – Louisville Bats vs. Gwinnet Braves – 7:05 pm 

  • Louisville Slugger “Mini Bat” Giveaway: First 1,000 children 12 & under presented by Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
  • Fireworks presented by KentuckyOne Health

 

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LouisvilleKY’s Downs after Dark nearing an end this meet Thursday, Jun 30 2016 

‘DOWNS AFTER DARK’, LAST TWILIGHT THURSDAY HIGHLIGHT

FINAL THREE DAYS OF CHURCHILL DOWNS’ SPRING MEET
 
Single 6 Jackpot Opens Week with $671,761 Carryover; Juvenile Stakes Head Racing Highlights
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, June 29, 2016) – A festive Downs After Dark Presented by Stella Artois and Jack Daniel’s celebration on Saturday, July 2 and the season’s final TwilightThursday celebration highlight the final three days of Churchill Downs Racetrack’s Spring Meet, which will conclude its 38-day run onSaturday, July 2.
            A highlight of the meet’s final days is the still-growing 20-cent minimum Single 6 Jackpot wager, which resumes in Thursday’s third race with a carryover pool of $671,761. The Single 6 requires a single winning ticket to pay-out its entire pool, but if there is no individual winner on Thursday or Friday, the entire pool must be paid out on Saturday’s wager to players who have the most winners on their Single 6 tickets.
            “My Country ’Tis of Thee” is the theme for Saturday’s Downs After Dark program and patrons attending the celebration of racing and entertainment under the lights are urged to incorporate a patriotic red, white and blue theme into their fashion choices. 
Churchill Downs at night
The evening will feature 11 races that include two important stakes events for 2-year-old Thoroughbreds who could emerge as contenders for the 2017 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks. The 115th running of the$100,000 Bashford Manor (Grade III) will feature colts and geldings, while the 116th running of the $100,000 Debutante (Listed) will feature 2-year-old fillies. The Saturday racing schedule also includes the $67,000-added Kelly’s Landing Overnight Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at seven furlongs.
Downs After Dark special events are headed by live music on the Plaza Stage by local country band Wildwood (http://www.wildwood502.com/). The evening’s Independence Day Weekend theme will include displays of World War II and present-day military equipment in the Plaza, a display of thousands of American flags by Flags4Vets at Gate 10 and special honors for four members of military in the G.H. Mumm Winner’s Circle following the fourth race at approximately 7:26 p.m.
Post time for the first race of Saturday’s Downs After Dark party is 6 p.m. (all times EDT) and admission gates open at 5 p.m. General admission is $10 and reserved seats start at $25. Seating in the Courtyard is available for $69 and Winner’s Circle Suites for groups of 18-20 are also available. Tickets and dining options can be purchased online at www.churchilldowns.com.
Special pricing will be available to active duty military and veterans who present a valid military ID. Members of those groups will receive 50 percent off of general admission and box seating for up to six for Saturday night’s program.
            The last of the meet’s popular Twilight Thursday programs features eight live races, food trucks, drink specials and live music on the Plaza. Post time for the first of eight Twilight Thursday races is 5 p.m., and admission gates open at 4 p.m.
                                
            The Plaza Stage will feature live music by the Whiskey Bent Valley Boys(http://whiskeybentvalley.tumblr.com/ and www.facebook.com/whiskey.valley/?fref=ts). Fans may choose from offerings from a roster of the region’s finest food trucks that include ¡Holy Molé!Longshot Lobsta,Mark’s Feed Store and Red Top Gourmet Hot Dogs, and $1 beers will be available from 5-8 p.m.
General admission to Churchill Downs on Twilight Thursday is $3.
 
The next-to-last racing program of the Spring Meet is set for Friday, July 1 and offers 10 live races. Post time for the first race is 12:45 p.m. and admission gates open at 11:30 a.m.
Churchill Downs, the world’s most legendary racetrack, has conducted Thoroughbred racing and presented America’s greatest race, the Kentucky Derby, continuously since 1875. Located in Louisville, the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) offers year-round simulcast wagering at the historic track. Churchill Downs will conduct the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on May 6, 2017. The track’s 2016 Spring Meet will continue through July 2. Churchill Downs has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships eight times and the event will return to the track in 2018. Information is available at www.ChurchillDowns.com.

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LouisvilleKY’s Churchill Downs celebrates July 4 with live music and racing Monday, Jun 27 2016 

 

Evening Will Celebrate Local Soldiers; Two Stakes Races

Louisville, Ky., –  Break out your red, white and blue attire for the best party in town and celebrate July 4 weekend at “Downs After Dark” presented by Stella Artois and Jack Daniel’s. In addition to 11 thrilling night races, the evening will feature:

 

    • Dancing and live music in the Plaza by local country band Wildwood

 

    • Honor and celebrate four local soldiers with a ceremony in the G.H. Mumm Winners Circle after Race 4

 

    • Thousands of American Flags exhibited by Flags4Vets at Gate 10

Churchill Downs at night

  • World War II and present day Army equipment will be available for fans to explore in the Plaza

 

    • Two-year-old horses take center stage in the Bashford Manor and Debutante Stakes

 

 

It’s all set for Saturday, July 2. Gates open at 5 p.m. – midnight. First race at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at  www.churchilldowns.com; General Admission is $10; Reserved seating starts at $25

  • Courtyard $69 & includes draft beer & wine, small-plate food and racing program
  • Winner’s Circle Suites for groups of 18 to 20 are $99 a person and include draft beer, wine small-plate food and racing program

 

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Bats come for for seven game stand this week Monday, Jun 27 2016 

BATS TO HOST JULY 3 FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA, PATRIOTIC HAT GIVEAWAY

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Louisville Bats will return home from a seven-game road trip in the northeast to begin a seven-game homestand on Monday, June 27. The Bats will host the Buffalo Bisons for three games and the Gwinnett Braves for four.

Thursday, June 30 will be another “Budweiser Game Time Happy Hour” with $1 Bud and Bud Light from 5:30-7 p.m. on the Overlook Deck. Live music will be played by “Tony and the Tan Lines” until 6:25 p.m.

Saturday, a Bats Patriotic Hat will be given away to the first 2,000 paid admissions, presented by Visionworks. Pregame music will be played by DJ K Dogg from 5-5:40 on the Overlook Deck.

Sunday, the homestand will wrap up with the July 3 Fireworks Extravaganza that will go off after the completion of the game that begins at 6:45 p.m., sponsored by LG&E.

The Bats will play three games in Rochester this weekend beginning Friday at 7:05 p.m. They finished the first half 36-36, three games back from the division leading Indianapolis Indians. Scott Schebler is hitting .410 in the month of June with six home runs and 16 RBI. Reds prospect Amir Garrett made his Triple-A debut June 22 and allowed one hit and three runs in five and two-thirds innings.

Rick Redding photo

Rick Redding photo

Homestand Highlights June 27-July 3
Monday, June 27 – Louisville Bats vs. Buffalo Bisons – 7:05 pm

· Margarita Monday: 10 oz. margaritas available for $3 behind Section 122 on the third-base side. Presented by El Jimador.
· Meijer Monday: Fans receive $3 off per field reserved seat when presenting any Meijer receipt to the box office window. Max of four tickets may be purchased with each receipt.
· White Castle Guarantee Win Monday: If the Bats win, fans can take their ticket stub to White Castle for a FREE classic slider (valid Monday night or all day Tuesday).
Tuesday, June 28 – Louisville Bats vs. Buffalo Bisons – 7:05 pm

· $1 Hot Dogs and Pepsi presented by Pepsi, Meijer, 100.5 MYfm & Courier-Journal.
· Baseball Bingo: Play for free during the game! Winner receives a $50 Meijer gift card. Presented by Ponderosa & Meijer.
Wednesday, June 29 – Louisville Bats vs. Buffalo Bisons – 7:05 pm

· Republic Bank Customer Ticket Discount: Fans can buy a half price Field Reserved Ticket discount (up to four (4) people) when presenting their Republic Bank “banking card” at the Ticket Office window.
Thursday, June 30 – Louisville Bats vs. Gwinnett Braves – 7:05 pm

· Thirsty Thursday: $1 Bud & Bud Light from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Presented by Budweiser, iHeartRadio, Courier-Journal & Kentucky Lottery.
· Live Music on the Overlook Deck from the ‘Tony & the Tan Lines’ from 5:30-6:25 p.m.
· Koozie Giveaway (1st 1,000 fans). Presented by Etscorn Auto & Collision Centers.
Friday, July 1 – Louisville Bats vs. Gwinnet Braves – 7:05 pm

· Fireworks presented by Commonwealth Dodge
Saturday, July 2 – Louisville Bats vs. Gwinnett Braves – 6:05 pm

· Patriotic Hat Giveaway (1st 2,000 fans). Presented by Visionworks.
· Koozie Giveaway (1st 1,000 fans). Presented by Lucas Oil.
· Live Music on the Overlook Deck from the ‘DJ K-Dogg’ from 5:00-5:40 p.m.
· Backyard Bash: Cornhole on the Overlook until 7:30; $3 14 oz. Goose Island IPA, AmberBock and Shock Top at the Overlook Grill until the end of the 7th inning; adult fans may register to win two (2) 2016 World Series tickets. Presented by Anheuser-Busch.
Sunday, July 3 – Louisville Bats vs. Gwinnett Braves – 6:45 pm

· July 3 Fireworks Extravaganza: Special postgame Independence Day Zambelli fireworks show.Presented by LG&E.
· Kids Inflatable FunZone: 5:30-8:00 p.m. in the Hall of Fame pavilion presented by Mortenson Family Dental, BracesBracesBraces and Kids Dentistree.

The Bats have averaged 8,827 fans per game at Louisville Slugger Field since its opening in 2000 and have totaled over 10 million fans through 16 seasons. Tickets for all regular season games are available. The entire 2016 Bats schedule, including updated promotions and special events, can be found at batsbaseball.com. Single-game tickets may be purchased online, by calling 1-855-228-8497 or by visiting the Louisville Slugger Field box office. Full and partial season tickets, along with group outings and suite rentals are available by calling the Bats front office at 502-212-2287.

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Join Me Saturday for Bike MS – Bluegrass, Bikes and Bourbon Thursday, Jun 23 2016 

That’s right. Yours truly is going to ride 25 miles on Saturday in this great Bike MS event. There’s still time to join me. 

Bike MS: Bluegrass, Bikes & Bourbon 2016

Saturday & Sunday June 25-26 2016

7:30 am Start Time (both days)

Route: 25, 50, 100 mile options

Start and Finish – Louisville Water Tower

Mary Carabella and Suzanne Thompson of the MS Society with a bike being raffled as part of the event

Mary Carabella and Suzanne Thompson of the MS Society with a bike being raffled as part of the event

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society Kentucky Southeast Indiana Chapter invites the public to “Don’t just ride, Bike MS”. Enjoy a 2 day cycling adventure with your closest friends through the rolling hills of Kentucky. Whether you’re a weekend warrior or an avid cyclist, every pedal stroke will raise money and will make a difference in the lives of people living with Multiple Sclerosis.

On the first day cyclists will ride along the banks of the Ohio River, experiencing historic landmarks, and the beauty of our Olmstead Park System.  Cyclists will begin and end the two day journey at the Louisville Water Tower Park.  Sunday boasts a casual ride west to the historic Farnsley-Moremen Landing on the banks of the Ohio River.

Bluegrass, Bikes, Bourbon & BBQ is a fully supported ride with a finish line BBQ party and trolley hop along the Urban Bourbon Trail on Saturday night. Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey and Four Roses Bourbon will be one of the featured spirits at the Finish Line!

WHO:         The National Multiple Sclerosis Society Kentucky Southeast Indiana Chapter

WHAT:         Enjoy the sights of the Bluegrass State and our finest bourbon offerings; stay

for the challenge, camaraderie, and the knowledge you’re

making an impact in the lives of people living with MS.

 

WHEN:         Saturday, June 25-26 – 7:30AM start both days

WHERE:       Saturday Start/Sunday Finish Louisville Water Tower Park, Louisville, KY

WHY: To support and aide research efforts for those suffering with Multiple Sclerosis and help find a cure!

REGISTRATION FEE:

FUNDRAISING MINIMUM: $300

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER:  www.bikemsky.org or 502-526-4031

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LouisvilleKY’s Iroquois Amphitheatre to show “Ali” Wednesday, Jun 8 2016 

Iroquois Amphitheater to host showing of “Ali”

And 4th Street Live! in downtown Louisville is showing a video tribute all week

 

LOUISVILLE (June 7, 2016) – Mayor Greg Fischer is inviting citizens to a free showing of the 2001 film “Ali,” starring Will Smith, at the Iroquois Amphitheater on Thursday evening, June 9.

Released in 2001, “Ali” is a dramatized telling of Muhammad Ali’s early boxing career to his rise to world champion, his conversion to Islam and his refusal to the draft. The film earned two Academy Award nominations. (Note: the movie is rated R).

Smith, the film’s star, is among the pallbearers for Muhammad Ali’s funeral on Friday.

“Ever since we learned of The Champ’s passing, this community has been consumed with all things Ali,” the Mayor said. “We’ve seen televised and printed tributes, remembrances on social media, and we’ve shared our own stories. And still, we cannot get enough. So we thought the public might enjoy coming together to watch this film, which illustrates so much of his early career.”

Muhammad Ali

The amphitheater gates will open at 7 p.m., and the show will start at 8:30 p.m.

Metro Councilwoman Marianne Butler, whose 15th District includes the amphitheater, said she is pleased to host a Muhammad Ali tribute in south Louisville.

“The passing of Muhammad Ali has caused sadness throughout Louisville and the world, and District 15 feels it, too,” Butler said. “We welcome all those who wish to remember the great deeds and struggles of a Louisville native who was beloved by so many.”

The Iroquois Amphitheater, 1080 Amphitheater Road, is a state-of-the-art, handicapped-accessible theater with seating for 2,348 that hosts a variety of performing arts and cultural programs located in Iroquois Park. Constructed in 1938, the facility has been a source of pride for south Louisville for decades. It was renovated and modernized after its 2000 performance season.

Also this week, 4th Street Live! in downtown Louisville is showing tribute videos to Muhammad Ali, and has provided seating for visitors who want to settle in and view the videos on the large screen.

Ali died June 3 at age 74. He will be buried in a private ceremony Friday at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville. Public events, such as the I Am Louisville Festival for youth, and a public memorial service, will be held throughout the week to remember him. More information on those events and other ways to remember Ali can be found at alilouisville.com.

 

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Details for Muhammad Ali’s LouisvilleKY funeral Monday, Jun 6 2016 

Louisville, KY., – Muhammad Ali’s funeral will take place in his hometown of Louisville, KY on Friday, June 10th at the KFC YUM! Center. The service will be open to the public and will begin at 2:00 pm. For those unable to attend, it will be streamed live from www.alicenter.org. The event will be open to the public with limited seating. Information and details on tickets will be released as they become available.

In addition to the funeral, there will be a procession throughout Louisville to allow the general public to pay their last respect to the “Greatest of All Time.” On Friday, June 10 beginning at 9AM, the procession will travel northbound on Bardstown Road, westbound on the Watterson Expressway, and then north on I-­65 to westbound I-­64 (exiting 9th Street ramp). Then traveling west on Muhammad Ali Blvd to 34th Street, left on 34th street to Broadway, making a left on Broadway and then traveling to Cave Hill Cemetery. The route includes locations that were historically important to Muhammad.

Photo from Muhammad Ali Center's Facebook page.

Photo from Muhammad Ali Center’s Facebook page.

The procession will proceed slowly down these streets in order to allow mourners to pay final respects during Muhammad’s final journey.

Mourners will also be able to pay their respects at the Muhammad Ali Center (144 N 6th Street Louisville, KY). The Center will be open throughout the week to allow the public to celebrate the life and legacy of Ali. In lieu of gifts or flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Muhammad Ali Center (www.alicenter.org) to continue promoting Ali’s legacy of humanitarianism.

For any media inquiries, please contact media@boxcarpr.com.

Credentialed media will be allowed inside the funeral at the KFC YUM! Center. All members of the media will be required to present valid credentials at the event. Media can request credentials at www.muhammadalicredential.com.

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LouisvilleKY honors Muhammad Ali with new website Monday, Jun 6 2016 

Website brings together all things about Ali in Louisville; festival meant to inspire children

LOUISVILLE, KY (June 6, 2016) – Muhammad Ali was a global icon and a true citizen of the world. But he was first and always a citizen of Louisville, where he was born and raised.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer today announced two local efforts to honor Ali’s local legacy.

To aid the thousands of visitors flowing into the city this week, Louisville Metro Government has launched a special website devoted to Ali’s life in the River City. The site, alilouisville.com, includes information about Ali’s childhood, his early boxing career, his humanitarian efforts, landmarks associated with Ali, and details about the many local events surrounding this week of tribute to Ali.

Wednesday’s I Am Ali Festival is meant to celebrate Ali’s life journey and fierce determination as an example to all children that no matter the circumstances, they can be the greatest at anything they choose.

Muhammad Ali

The Festival will be held in the lobby of the Kentucky Center for the Arts, 501 W. Main St., on Wednesday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“From Grand Avenue to across the globe, Muhammad Ali overcame economic hardship and racial and religious discrimination to become The Greatest,” said Fischer. “Louisville’s children – all our children – need opportunities that will give them the confidence to become the greatest at whatever they choose to be. Wednesday’s I Am Ali Festival will provide another demonstration of our city-wide support for Louisville’s youth.”

Jefferson County Public Schools, the Kentucky Science Center, Louisville Zoo, Louisville Free Public Library and other local arts and education organizations will provide booths and entertainment. There will also be a wall where children can write what they want to be the greatest in, as well as arts and education activities.

Musician Jecorey “1200” Arthur will coordinate local entertainment on a music stage.

Photo by Jeff Julian via Muhammad Ali Center's Facebook page.

Photo by Jeff Julian via Muhammad Ali Center’s Facebook page.

Festival-goers also will be encouraged to visit the nearby Muhammad Ali Center, which is offering free admission this week. (A $5 donation is suggested.)

More about the website: Created by the Mayor’s Communications Office, alilouisville.com will remain online after this week as a resource on the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali.

Visitors to alilouisville.com can join the conversation by sharing personal tributes to Ali, as well as stories and photos.

“The world is coming to Louisville this week to celebrate the life of our most famous citizen,” Fischer said. “We want to make sure that people know the complete story of Ali’s life here, where he learned the values that helped him become ‘The Greatest of All Time.’”

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