- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 13, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The importance of mentors will be highlighted on Muhammad Ali’s birthday.

The Muhammad Ali Center in downtown Louisville says International Mentoring Day is set for Jan. 17. The boxing great will turn 74 years old on that day.

Ali’s wife, Lonnie, says mentors have the power to change lives and are “gifts to the world.” She says they encourage, motivate and guide others to reach their potential.

She says her husband is proud that International Mentoring Day is being launched on his birthday.

Ali Center spokeswoman Jeanie Kahnke says mentors and the people they support are invited to visit the center on Jan. 17 to show their commitment to the cause.

Lonnie Ali says she hopes more people will take the first step to mentoring someone in need of support.

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