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Muhammad Ali on hand for Saturday's humanitarian awards downtown

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - A big award ceremony tonight in Louisville honoring the life and achievements of boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

The Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards were handed out tonight at the Louisville Marriott.

Matt Lauer served as emcee.

The winners, who are all under 30, were honored for each of Ali's six core principles including confidence, conviction, dedication, giving, respect and spirituality.

They included a woman honored for her role in an organization that creates toys, that when used, generate electricity.

Here's a list of all the winners, courtesy of the Muhammad Ali Center:

Jessica Matthews, age 26 of New York, USA, will be honored for her Confidence in her role with Unchartered Play. Unchartered Play is an organization that creates toys to generate electricity.  She has developed a soccer ball, “Soccket,” that generates 3 hours of electricity from 30 minutes of play.  Her company, a social enterprise, also offers the “Pulse” jump rope that generates 6 hours of energy from 15 minutes of play.  A graduate of Harvard University, Ms. Matthews has used her creativity and talent to directly address access to electricity for people in the developing world. 

Mario Andrés Hurtado Cardozo, age 22 of Colombia, will be recognized for his Conviction with Acción Colectiva de Objetores y Objetoras de Conciencia. Cardozo's organization promotes the right to be a conscientious objector in one of the most militarized countries in the world, while generating life-affirming, creative, nonviolent collective actions to promote peace and social justice.

Kennedy Odede, age 29 of Kenya, will receive the Dedication honor for his Work with Shining Hope for Communities. Kennedy is the president and CEO of Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO). SHOFCO's current programming comprises a school for girls, a free health clinic, a micro-loan and micro-savings program, sanitation and clean water services, and a program to combat gender-based violence and promote sexual health of young people in the community. Kennedy founded SHOFCO with nothing more than a soccer ball and his “faith in people's abilities to change their own lives.”

Talia Leman, age 19 from Iowa, USA will be honored with the Giving Award for her role with RandomKid. As the CEO and a Founder of RandomKid, Talia develops ideas, strategies and networks between kids internationally to increase their impact. She also leads "power" assemblies, doles out seed funds to help jumpstart philanthropic ventures, organizes web-conferences between youth across the globe, and mentors her peers in success strategies for achieving their goals to benefit others. Having been appointed UNICEF's first known National Youth Ambassador, Talia has worked with kids from 20 countries and together these kids have reported close to 11 million dollars through RandomKid-guided initiatives.

Sejal Hathi, 23 from California, will receive the Respect Award to recognize her work with girltank, S2 Capital. An avid social entrepreneur, Sejal founded both the nonprofit Girls Helping Girls at age 15, and the social enterprise girltank at age 19, dedicated to socially and economically empowering young women globally. Over the last few years, these organizations trained and mobilized 32,000 young women change makers in 104 countries to design sustainable social change. Sejal is also a Founding Partner at S2 Capital, an early-stage fund that invests equity and debt in young entrepreneurs in the developing world.

Mastura Rashid, age 24 of Malaysia, will be honored withthe SpiritualityAward. Rashid is the founder and project manager of the Nasi Lemak Project, a community service project she initiated in 2011. The Nasi Lemak Project is a young, independent and effective movement to counter urban poverty in Malaysia. The Nasi Lemak Project gained traction and momentum when Rashid was one of the few who received funding from the office of Special Representative of Muslim Communities under their Generation Change Grant. The Nasi Lemak Project mechanism in eradicating urban poverty is done through these three main areas: feeding program, education, and rendering assistance.

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