On June 3, 2016, Louisville's greatest son Muhammad Ali passed away at age 74, succumbing to his greatest fight against Parkinson's disease. Ali was undoubtedly boxing's most brash, its most colorful, and its greatest champion. The proud Louisvillian went on to become not only boxings greatest champion but a instrumental global ambassador, and humanitarian for peace. Although we are saddened by his passing, Ali's greatest achievement was in his death. His memorial service brought together people from all walks of life, rich, poor, learned, unlearned, regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, and religion. Ali did that, his home-going service was his greatest contribution to our global community. His message was simple, peace, love, understanding, and using inspiration to maximize our human potential.
Renaming Louisville International Airport, often times still referred to as Standiford Field (SDF), will bring attention to the humanitarian legacy of Muhammad Ali and our great city. Although some may see this as a simple name change, we have an opportunity to show the world our appreciation for Ali's legacy and his life. It's an opportunity to unite our city and the world in the name of Peace and Love. It's what Ali was all about. We call upon people all over the globe to participate in our efforts. Ali inspired people all over the world to come together and shed our differences. This is an opportunity to unite in Ali's life mission. We humbly invite you to join our effort to rename our airport to Muhammad Ali International. (ALI)