WGTE Ali Day

WGTE's Ali Day Program will help connect underserved youth to the core principles that shaped Muhammad Ali's success in and out of the boxing ring. Ali Day stems and is in conjunction with the 2021 premiere of the PBS documentary, MUHAMMAD ALI, by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns & David McMahon.

MUHAMMAD ALI brings to life one of the best-known and most indelible figures of the 20th Century, a three-time heavyweight boxing champion who captivated millions of fans with his mesmerizing combination of speed, grace, and power in the ring, and charm and playful boasting outside of it. Ali insisted on being himself unconditionally and became a global icon and inspiration to people everywhere.

WGTE Public Media presented an exclusive virtual livestreamed screening event showcasing clips from the highly anticipated Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon documentary series, MUHAMMAD ALI. You can watch the recording at the bottom of this page.

Ali Day Promo

Partners and Resources

Believe Center

The purpose of this community organization shall be to promote, supervise and finance all Believe youth sports, programs, education, and other activities. To collaborate with agencies to provide full services to youth and families. To uplift and open individuals to their talents that they may pass on their knowledge and become effective future community leaders by giving them an opportunity to introduce additional programs to the center.

 

Connecting Kids to Meals

The mission of Connecting Kids To Meals (formerly, Feed Lucas County Children) is to provide hot, nutritious meals at no cost to kids in low-income and underserved areas throughout the entire year. As a nonprofit organization, we fulfill this mission by partnering with community locations where kids gather during the summer months and throughout the academic year. Since we began operating in 2002, we have served over 6 million meals to hungry kids in need.

 

International Boxing Club of Toledo

Unlike any other program in the country, the International Boxing Club (IBC) provides positive alternatives that go beyond the boxing ring. Since 1998, we have provided afterschool programs that focus on academic, vocational, and service-learning activities for more than 4,000 young people in the greater Toledo area.

 

Toledo-Lucas County Health Department

The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department is committed to being the leader in public health by promoting and protecting the health of all people where they live, learn, work, and play.

 

Toledo Public Library - Geneology Department

Books and artifacts inside the Local History & Genealogy Department lay a foundation of who we are today in Toledo and Lucas County. Whether you’re a new arrival or lifelong resident, (re)discover what makes our region great.
  • Explore history as it happened with extensive newspaper archives, yearbooks and other artifacts
  • Join one of the country’s most popular hobbies and trace your genealogy
  • Read accounts of the labor movement, locally and nationally, as it pushed for worker rights
  • You can also begin your family history search at home using our downloadable Family Tree workbook

Toledo Public Schools

Toledo public schools mission is to produce competitive college and career ready graduates through a rigorous curriculum across all grade levels by implementing Ohio’s new learning standards with fidelity. 

 

Toledo School for the Arts

Toledo School for the Arts is a public “community” or charter school focused on providing Ohio residents a college preparatory academic curriculum and an intense visual and performing arts environment. TSA opened in 1999 and is located at 333 14th Street in downtown Toledo, Ohio.In addition to core academic subjects, classes are offered in music, dance, theatre and visual arts. TSA provides students opportunities to work with professional artists to expand their arts experiences and knowledge base.

Seven Rounds | The Series

Boxing in our area has a rich history and a bright future. This series captures both as you will hear from seven individuals from successful boxers, gym owners, and more. They each tell their story on how the sport of boxing impacted their life, those around them, and their community.

Seven Rounds | Round 1 | DeAndre "Axeman" Ware
Seven Rounds | Round 2 | Herb Mickles
Seven Rounds | Round 3 | 1972 Olympian Boxer Louis Self
Seven Rounds | Round 4 | Toledo's Day in the Sun - Dempsey-Willard
Seven Rounds | Round 5 | Buddies Williams
Seven Rounds | Round 6 | Alycia Baumgardner - Women in Boxing
Seven Rounds | Round 7 | International Boxing Club of Toledo

Muhammad Ali Screener Event

WGTE Public Media presented an exclusive virtual livestreamed screening event showcasing clips from the highly anticipated Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon documentary series, MUHAMMAD ALI.

 
Following the screening, we interacted with filmmaker Sarah Burns as she discusses the making of MUHAMMAD ALI and then took part in a panel discussion with Toledo Mayor, Wade Kapszukiewicz, Toledo super middleweight boxing pro, Dre “The Axeman” Ware, Scott High School Principal, Dr. Carnel Smith, and Founder and Owner of the International Boxing Club, Harry Cummins. Facilitated by councilwoman, Vanice Williams, these Toledo heavyweights attribute Ali’s success to the impact boxing has on Toledo’s underserved youth.

Corporate funding for MUHAMMAD ALI was provided by Bank of America. Major funding was provided by David M. Rubenstein. Major funding was also provided by The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and by The Better Angels Society and by its members Alan and Marcia Docter; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Tudor Jones; The Fullerton Family Charitable Fund; Gilchrist and Amy Berg; The Brooke Brown Barzun Philanthropic Foundation, The Owsley Brown III Philanthropic Foundation and The Augusta Brown Holland Philanthropic Foundation; Perry and Donna Golkin; John and Leslie McQuown; John and Catherine Debs; Fred and Donna Seigel; Susan and John Wieland; Stuart and Joanna Brown; Diane and Hal Brierley; Fiddlehead Fund; Rocco and Debby Landesman; McCloskey Family Charitable Trust; Mauree Jane and Mark Perry; and Donna and Richard Strong. And by viewers like you.