It’s been two years since the death of boxing great Muhammad Ali, but the mark he left on the world remains radiant. That’s why Laila Ali felt it was important to take the time recently to travel to her father’s hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.
The eighth of nine children, Ali, a former boxer herself and panelist on We Need To Talk, visited the neighborhood where her father grew up, sat on the steps of the very gym where he learned how to box, and walked the halls of his high school.
Best of all, she read a heartfelt letter she penned to him along the way.
“When I was a young girl, you always taught me the importance of being a good person, helping others and standing up for what I believe in,” she wrote. “I will never forget those insightful conversations that have shaped me into who I am, and how I perceive others and the world around me.”
You can catch Ali’s entire visit and her reading of the letter on Tuesday night’s episode of We Need To Talk, which airs at 7:00 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network.
Check out the trailer:
You won’t want to miss a special We Need To Talk tomorrow at 7:00PM, ET. @TheRealLailaAli travels to Muhammad Ali’s hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, where she reads a letter she wrote to her father commemorating his life two years after his passing. pic.twitter.com/fwu0WBOMt6
— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) June 11, 2018
Tonight’s show will feature panelists Tracy Wolfson, Dara Torres, Lisa Leslie and Aditi Kinkhabwala. They will be joined on-set by former NFL linebacker James Harrison.
We Need To Talk is the first nationally televised all-female weekly sports talk show, and it prides itself on its talented rotating panel of 12 esteemed women who offer a refreshing look at the sports landscape.
Panelists include legendary reporters and broadcasters as well as former professional athletes and gold medalists.
“Our opinions are going to be different by virtue of who we are, and that’s not about just being women,” panelist Dana Jacobson told us in November. “That’s about our experience in the industry and where we come from.”
With that said, we can’t wait to catch Ali’s poignant visit back to where it all started for her father, who was, in her eyes, the absolute “greatest.”