Muhammad Ali is best known for his exceptional boxing career. He’s an Olympic Gold Medalist, participant of the "Fight of the Century" in the 1970’s, and inductee into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. He is an incredible athlete, but he was once heard to say, "I never said I was the smartest, I said I was the greatest."
Ali says this because although he was a great boxer, he barely graduated high school because of his struggle with reading. Ali was diagnosed with dyslexia. He understands the pain caused by being unable to perform well in school because of reading difficulties, and wants to help others experiencing the same issues. Because of this, Ali and his wife are on a mission to improve the literacy of African Americans. They created what is known as "Go the Distance", a series of books and magazines picked to motivate and inspire young black readers.
Ali and his wife are hoping to help and inspire as many children as they can. Having not only a world famous athlete at their side, but also someone who is able to sympathize with their struggles has been a great motivational tool for these students.
Read more about Ali’s incredible story over at the CBS News webpage.