September 28, 2016

More Red Schwinns

Two updates on the Muhammed Ali story BTB brought you in June:

1. The red bike Spalding University hung from what used to be Columbia Gym to honor Muhammed Ali (and mark the spot where his boxing career got its start) was stolen in August. When efforts to recover the bike proved unsuccessful, the university replaced it. The new two-wheeled tribute is suspended by from cables rather than ropes, and Spalding's president is stressing that the bike has no historic value. "It's not Muhammad Ali's bicycle," Tori Murden McClure told WDRB News. "Don't come and steal it."

A replacement bike rises above the entry of the Spalding University Center, which the university's
Board of Trustees has voted to rename Columbia Gym, as the building was known when Ali was a boy.

2. In another bike-related commemoration of Ali, 100 children in the boxer's hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, received donated Schwinns earlier this month. The 100 youngsters, all of whom had learned bike safety skills in Bike Louisville's Bike Sense program, also each received a helmet and lock. "The Champ inspired us all to believe that we could, like him, be 'The Greatest' at whatever we are willing to work hard to be," said Mayor Greg Fischer, "and with this donation, we're rewarding hard work and focus." 

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