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Bikes to be given to 100 children in advance of Saturday's Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is inviting the public to celebrate the kick-off of the annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards Saturday night.

According to a news release, a street festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Southwick Community Center to mark the event. As part of the festival, the city of Louisville and Schwinn will provide free bicycles to 100 children who earned the opportunity by completing Bike Louisville's Bike Sense program at Metro Parks and Recreation community center.

The program teaches bike safety skills, including how to avoid hazards on the road. Several hundred children participated this summer. Representatives of Bike Louisville selected 100 of those children for the free bikes. The selections were made based on program requirements, including attendance, participation and a sense of responsibility.

Those 100 children will also receive a helmet and a bike lock.

"We were energized by how the community came together in June to remember and honor Ali, our hometown son, and this event is meant to help keep that spirit alive," said Mayor Fischer, according to the news release. "Bikes, kids and cops -- it's a combination that so reflects the start of Ali's career, when a Louisville police officer took an interest in one young man, who later would become 'The Greatest.'"

Louisville Metro Police officers will present the bikes at noon during the festival, which will run from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Southwick Community Center, located at 3621 Southern Avenue, near Russell Lee Drive.

The Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards will take place Saturday night at the Marriott Louisville Downtown.

"Besides the bike donation, the Mayor's street festival will include music, refreshments and kids' activities," the news release states. "Nearly two dozen LMPD officers will be at the festival throughout the day, interacting with children and their parents, serving food and helping children with their bikes and helmets."

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