The 2011 Muhammad Ali Center Peace Garden Grant

By Michael Metallo



Michael Metallo
National Gardening Association
(800) 538-7476, ext.123

Jeanie Kahnke
Muhammad Ali Center
(502) 992-5301

Ben Golden
Yum! Brands Foundation
(502) 874-8200

National Gardening Association
In Partnership with the Muhammad Ali Center and Yum! Brands Foundation
Announces The International Muhammad Ali Center

So. Burlington, VT (November 24, 2010) – In partnership with the Muhammad Ali Center and Yum! Brands Foundation (Louisville, KY), The National Gardening Association (NGA) is pleased to announce our first ever international garden award!

"We are delighted to be partnering with the Muhammad Ali Center and Yum! Brands Foundation on the Muhammad Ali Center Peace Garden initiative to help young people across the globe," says Mike Metallo, President of NGA. "Youth gardening programs represent a tremendous opportunity for children to understand the world in which they live and to explore different cultures in a safe, universally friendly environment. We are excited to be part of this global effort for peace education through youth gardens."

The program aims to provide underprivileged schools with the tools and lessons to begin and sustain a successful garden program where young people will learn about the common factors that unite us all as part of the human race, and the value of nutrient-rich foods for healthier, more productive lives.

Fifty schools from around the world will each be awarded a $500 garden package that includes:

  • A Link-a-Board Raised Garden Bed
  • A Literature package from NGA
  • Kid's Gardening Tools
  • Child-sized gardening gloves
  • A Composter

"The Muhammad Ali Center Peace Gardens program will sow the seeds of cultural respect by teaching children how to build gardens with plants from different countries," says Greg Roberts, President of the Muhammad Ali Center. "The Peace Gardens project corresponds to the Ali Center's goals on many levels, including motivating students toward personal 'greatness' through the production of healthy food and dedicating oneself to achieving a goal," continued Roberts.

Peace gardens focus on using edible plants from different cultures to provide youth with the opportunity to learn about the world through culinary delights. Through winning programs, students will learn the value of nutrient-rich foods, while gaining an awareness of global hunger and the importance of peace as members of the global community.

"The Muhammad Ali Center Peace Garden program is part of Yum! Brands' efforts to help end hunger through our annual World Hunger Relief campaign with multi–Grammy Award winner Christina Aguilera as global spokesperson," said Jonathan Blum, Chief Public Affairs Officer, Yum! Brands, Inc. "About one billion people are going hungry today, and many of them are children. The Muhammad Ali Center Peace Gardens will help teach children how to grow food, feeding themselves and others in need."

For full details and to download an application, please visit or or

Applications must be postmarked by January 5, 2011, and award winners will be announced by March 2011.

About the National Gardening Association

Founded in 1973, National Gardening Association (NGA) is a national nonprofit leader in plant-based education. We are widely recognized and respected for our award-winning, information-rich, Web sites, and as well as for our content rich e-newsletters; youth gardening grant and award programs, curricula, and resources for educators and youth leaders on gardening with kids. NGA's mission is to promote home, school, and community gardening as a means to renew and sustain the essential connection between people, plants, and the environment. To learn more about gardening with children, please visit

About the Muhammad Ali Center

The Muhammad Ali Center, co–founded by Ali and his wife Lonnie in 2005 in their hometown of Louisville, Ky., is a cultural attraction and international education center that is inspired by Ali's ideals. Featuring an award–winning visitor experience, educational and public programming and global initiatives, the Ali Center reaches beyond its physical walls to fulfill its mission: To preserve and share the legacy and ideals of Muhammad Ali, to promote respect, hope and understanding, and to inspire adults and children everywhere to be as great as they can be. Additional information is available at

About Yum! Brands Foundation

The Muhammad Ali Center Peace Garden program is part of Yum! Brands' efforts to help endhunger, including its annual World Hunger Relief campaign with multi-Grammy Award winner Christina Aguilera as global spokesperson. Yum! Brands' World Hunger Relief is the world's largest private sector hunger relief effort, spanning 110 countries, 37,000 Taco Bell, Pizza Hut,KFC, Long John Silver's and A&W All–American Food restaurants and over 1 million employees, to raise awareness, volunteerism and funds for the United Nations World Food Programme and other hunger relief agencies. To date, this effort has raised nearly $60 million for WFP and other hunger relief agencies and is helping to provide approximately 250 million meals, saving the lives of millions of people in remote corners of the world where hunger is most prevalent. For more information, visit

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