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Muhammad Ali to visit White Sox camp

Boxing greMuhammad Ali will visit White Sox spring training camp Tuesday promote his charity work. He's pictured here paying visit

Boxing great Muhammad Ali will visit the White Sox spring training camp on Tuesday to promote his charity work. He's pictured here paying a visit to the San Francisco Giants' camp last season. | AP

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Updated: March 7, 2011 3:04PM

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The White Sox will have a special visitor at their spring training camp at Camelback Ranch on Tuesday: Muhammad Ali.

Ali will visit the Sox clubhouse to promote his charity, Athletes For Hope. “The Greatest,” who has Parkinson’s disease and no longer speaks in public, lives in Scottsdale.

“It will be an honor to have him in our clubhouse,” said Scott Reifert, White Sox vice president of communications. “In a major-league clubhouse you always have different cultures and nationalities but when you tell them Muhammad Ali is coming you get the same reaction: lots of respect, lots of excitement. It will be exciting for the guys to meet him tomorrow.”

By coincidence, Ali will visit on the 40th anniversary of “The Greatest Show on Earth,” his first fight with Joe Frazier (March 8, 1971).

Athletes for Hope is a nonprofit organization that works to educate professional athletes about philanthropy, connect them with charitable causes and inspire others to get involved in the community. AFH’s focus is on athletes’ time and not their money.

Ali, Andre Agassi, Mia Hamm and Lance Armstrong are among its founding members.

Ali visited the San Francisco Giants’ clubhouse last March.

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