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Boxing legend, Global Village Champions Foundation co-founder Muhammad Ali honored with Pontifical Hero Award Vatican

Yank Barry and Muhammad Ali, who recevied the Pontifical Hero Award

Yank Barry and Muhammad Ali, who recevied the Pontifical Hero AwardLegendary boxer and revered humanitarian, Muhammad Ali has been honored with the Pontifical Hero Award by the Stem for Life Foundation and the Pontifical Council of Culture of the Vatican.

On hand to accept the award was Ali’s close personal friend and Global Village Champions Foundation partner, Yank Barry.

“It was an honor to accept this award on behalf of one of my oldest friends,” said Barry. “There’s no one more deserving of praise than Muhammad.”

To watch Barry accept the Pontifical Hero Award for Ali, please visit

Founded in 1995 by Ali and Barry, the Global Village Champions Foundation strives to sustain human life and eradicate hunger from the face of the Earth. With close to 1 billion meals served, Global Village Champions Foundation endeavors to live in a “day without hunger.”

Multi-Nobel Peace Prize nominee and former lead singer of rock n’ roll band, The Kingsmen, Barry (@yankbarry) has worked tirelessly with Ali and other celebrities including includes Celine Dion, Michael Jordan, Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson, and Manny Pacquiáo.

The Stem for Life Foundation was established in 2007 with the understanding that adult stem cell research could lead to better treatment, and possible cures for chronic diseases, lowered health care costs and an improved quality of life.

Dedicated to improving the quality of life for millions of people suffering from painful and debilitating medical conditions, the Stem for Life Foundation provides information and updates about adult stem cell research, therapy development and possible healthcare applications.

Recognizing Ali for his enduring strength as a human being, and his work around the world helping to fight hunger and debilitating illnesses, the Stem for Life Foundation honored the legendary boxer and philanthropist as a “global hero for all of us.”

“The idea that our cause is now his cause, that now he is fighting our fight, and fighting for us sounds almost too good to be true,” said Dr. Robin Smith, chairman and president of the Stem for Life Foundation.

Learn more about Global Village Champions Foundation:

About Global Village Champions Foundation: Started in 1995 by Yank Barry, Global Village Champions Foundation strives to become the undisputed world leader in private, humanitarian delivery of nutrition to needy persons across the globe, while sustaining human life and helping to eradicate hunger from the face of the Earth. With the help of donors and notable figures such as Muhammad Ali, Gary US Bonds, and Evander Holyfield, the nonprofit has provided nearly a billion meals to the hungry around the world.

Glenn Selig
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