Stories of Ali: Deer Lake Training Camp in Pennsylvania
Sunday, October 13th :: 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Deer Lake Training Camp, also known as ‘Fighter’s Heaven’, was purchased by Muhammad Ali in 1972. This was the site at which he trained for several of his most famous fights, including bouts against George Foreman, George Chuvalo, Jerry Quarry, Ernie Shavers, Joe Frazier (Fight III), and Larry Holmes. The camp had many famous visitors during that time, including Elvis Presley, Andy Warhol, Sylvester Stallone and many more who found refuge in the Training Camp’s cabins and serene surroundings. Since Ali’s passing, the Deer Lake’s new owner, Mike Madden, has been working to restore it back to its original glory, opening it to group and educational tours.
Stories of Ali is FREE and open to the public and will take place in the Muhammad Ali Center Auditorium.
Speakers will include:
Current Owner of Deer Lake and son of the former legendary Oakland Raiders football coach and sportscaster John Madden, Mike Madden purchased the property in 2016 after Muhammad Ali passed, with the goal to educate the young generation about Ali and his legacy.
Photographed Deer Lake in the 1970s and worked with Mr. Madden on the details of the restoration. One of his photos was used as an Ali Center grandopening poster in the early 2000s.
Photographed Muhammad Ali at Deer Lake in the 1970s and produced The Ali Folio, a photography book that features her work at the camp.