Boxing great Muhammad Ali was presented with a special award in recognition of his humanitarian work on Thursday (13Sep12).
Fans flocked to see the legendary fighter receive the Liberty Medal at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania after he was announced as this year's (12) honouree by former U.S. President Bill Clinton, who is chairman of the institution.
Ali, who has suffered from Parkinson's disease for more than 30 years, struggled to the stage with the help of his daughter, Laila, to be handed the award.
His wife Lonnie addressed the crowd on his behalf, saying, "It is especially humbling for Muhammad, who has said on many occasions, 'All I did was to stand up for what I believe'."
Previous recipients of the award include filmmaker Steven Spielberg, U2 rocker Bono and South African civil rights icon Nelson Mandela.