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One-hundred bikes given to children in memory of boxing great Muhammad Ali

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- One-hundred bicycles were given to children Saturday in memory of boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

The bikes were awarded at the Mayor's Street Festival at the Southwick Community Center.

They weren't entirely free, though. Organizers say the bikes were earned. They were given to 100 children who competed in Bike Louisville's Bike Sense program, which teaches bicycle safety skills.

The reason for the giveaway is part of Muhammad Ali's legacy.

"A lot of this goes back to the original interaction that Officer Joe Martin had with Muhammad Ali when he was a young man and had his bike stolen, and we had that original interaction between the police and young Ali and the rest is history," said Lt. Jamey Schwab of the Louisville Metro Police Department.

The giveaway was a combined effort between LMPD, Metro Parks, and Louisville Metro Government.

Along with each bicycle, came a free helmet and a bike lock.

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