Muhammad Ali’s wife to attend Beyond Sport Summit

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 Chicago, IL – Lonnie Ali, the wife of legendary world heavyweight boxing champion and social activist Muhammad Ali, heads the latest raft of high-profile names to confirm their attendance at the Beyond Sport Summit 2010 in Chicago between September 29-30.

In participating in the Summit, a unique event designed to celebrate, promote and drive forward the use of sport as a tool for positive social change, Ali will address the gathered delegates as part of a panel session on the power of sporting celebrities to do good.

Joining Ali, who is also the Co-Founder of the Muhammad Ali Center, on the panel will be Troy Vincent, Senior Vice President, NFL, his presence indicative of the US sports league’s ongoing support for the Beyond Sport movement.

Previously announced attendees Kathy Behrens, Senior Vice President, NBA and Multi-Olympic Gold Medallist Jackie Joyner-Kersee will round out the panel session which has been put together with the support of Athletes for Hope.

Also added to the 2010 Summit speaker list are Jeremy Bloom, two-time Olympian and 11-time World Cup Gold Medallist skier; Joe Banner, President, Philadelphia Eagles; Avraham Burg, Political Leader and former Speaker of the Israeli Knesset; and Caryl M. Stern, President and CEO, UNICEF USA.

These prominent individuals from sport, government and philanthropy will join the likes of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley; HRH Prince Faisal Al Hussein of Jordan; multi-Olympic gold medallists Ian Thorpe and Michael Johnson; US Senator and former Presidential Candidate Bill Bradley; and Care USA specialist Dr. Auma Obama at the Summit 2010 to discuss ways to accelerate the positive impact of sport on communities.

Now in its second year, the annual Summit brings together those who use sport as a vehicle to create social impact and influencers from the world of business, government and federations whose attitudes and decisions can have substantial impact.

With over 750 individuals expected to take part the Summit, companies from across this spectrum of influence have already confirmed their attendance including Chicago Bulls; Cisco; HSBC; JP Morgan; NFL; NHL; United Nations; U.S. Department of Education; Women’s Sports Foundation, and many more.

The Summit also includes the announcement of the winners of the Beyond Sport Awards 2010 which celebrate the best initiatives from across the world that use sport to create social change. Selected from over 400 entries covering 115 countries, the winning projects will receive a substantial package of funding business support to help them grow and become sustainable in the future.

To view the full Summit schedule, list of speakers, participating companies and to find out details on how to attend the event, visit

Beyond Sport is partnered with Barclays Spaces for Sports, United Airlines, TIME International and UNICEF.

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