Cubing For A Cause! See How This Teen Is Jumping At The Chance To Help Those In Need
His very unique skill set had already won him a world record – now he's helping others by sharing his talents with the world.
Some kids want to grow up and fly airplanes. Others dream of making it to the big leagues. Evan Blecher of Boulder, CO had another goal entirely.
The 14-year-old recently earned the Guinness World Record for the fastest time solving a Rubik's Cube on a pogo stick. The multi-talented teen beat the old record with a time of 16.7 seconds.
Evan's father Herb said the unique skill set just "clicked" for his son (pun intended!).
"He knew that he could pogo stick and he knew that he could Cube," Herb told CBS-4. "The combination of the two came as a surprise. Practice, practice, practice, driving us crazy with the click, click, click all the time."
Belcher started cubing when he was nine, and after years of practice solving the puzzle has become second nature to him.
"I first started cubing when I was around 9 years old," Blecher said. "Right when you see something, you know to do a certain algorithm."
Now, Blecher is sharing his talents with the rest of the world and is offering online lessons for those looking to perfect their cubing skills. The course is called "Cubing Away Corona," and Blecher claims that after watching it, folks will be able to solve a cube in a few minutes – along with scoring the admiration of others.
Blecher is offering free online lessons for those who want to learn his master-cubing skills. YouTube
The course description on Blecher's website reads: "By the end of this online class, you will know how to solve a Rubik's Cube in under 3 minutes, securing the title of 'Genius' among your friends, family members, and colleagues."
Not only is the gravity-defying Speedcuber offering up his knowledge to anyone who wants to learn, he's doing it without making a profit. The class is totally free, although Blecher is suggesting that those who enroll consider making a donation to the CDC Foundation and No Kid Hungry, both organizations that have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus.
Blecher is encouraging those who take his online class to donate to organizations that have been effected by the pandemic. Screenshot: CBS-4
"The coronavirus, it's taken away a lot of lives and a lot of people's money," Blecher said. "So this was my way of giving back. Having a course to help people not be as bored and donating to important causes."
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For Blecher, getting the Guinness World Record and helping others goes together like peanut butter and jelly, or Rubik's cubes and pogo sticks.
"Thinking about helping out kids and helping out families without much money, that makes me feel so good that I am helping these people out," Blecher said.
Belcher, who has been cubing since he was 9 years old, is happy to be helping others during the pandemic. Screenshot: CBS-4
What an amazing feat! Kudos to Blecher for using his unique (and impressive) skill set to help those in need.