It wasn’t all bad
A 10-year-old swim star knocked Michael Phelps from the record book this week. Clark Kent Apuada—nicknamed Superman by his friends—finished the 100-meter butterfly at a swim meet in Moraga, Calif., in 1:09.38. That’s more than a second faster than the 10-and-under record Phelps set at the same event in 1995. The time went unchallenged for more than two decades, and Phelps went on to win 28 Olympic medals. Apuada, who also won gold in events including the 200 individual medley and the 100 backstroke, said beating Phelps’ record had been a dream “since I was 7.”
Cycling around the world on two wheels wasn’t enough of a challenge for Ed Pratt, so the 22-year-old decided to do it on one. And last week, three years after setting out, he arrived back at his home in southern England, becoming the first person to traverse the globe on a unicycle. Pratt completed his 21,000-mile odyssey without any assistance, carrying all his kit in saddlebags as he rode across four continents. He said he was “ecstatic” to have completed the journey, during which he raised nearly $400,000 for School in a Bag, a charity that delivers school supplies to children in poverty around the world.
LeBron James has left Cleveland, but he’s still a hero to Ohioans. The newly minted Los Angeles Laker this week opened a public school for 240 at-risk third- and fourth-graders—some with learning disabilities, some from broken homes—in his hometown of Akron. Funded by James’ Family Foundation, the I Promise School aims to help students thrive academically and emotionally, and will offer support to their parents, including job placement assistance. For LeBron, who grew up poor and without a dad, the project is personal. “I know exactly what these kids are going through,” he says, “because I’ve been there.” ■