Mission Fencing Center in Rocky Point, NY (Long Island!) is located in a former bowling alley! How cool is that?
It dubs itself, “The Largest Fencing Center In The Nation” and it’s certainly the largest fencing club I’ve ever seen! Coaches Jeff and Jennifer Salmon have done a great job turning this place into a really exciting and fun fencing club.
Two huge open spaces where the bowling lanes used to be now have fencing strips running along the same wooden floors used for the alleys. There is a weight room, pools and results are projected on the walls, numerous banners tout the results of their students, there is an equipment store, a food shop (with soft-serve ice cream), a designated medal podium for tournaments, plenty of seats for spectators and they even engrave their own medals!
I also must say that they also have a very enthusiastic and kind group of fencers and parents! I felt very welcomed at Mission.
My only problem with the place? That Jeff and Jennifer didn’t leave at least one bowling lane available for some occasional bowling! The name of the club, “Mission” came from their original location which was an old monastery!
Moral of the story is that old bowling alleys convert nicely to fencing clubs! (Wonder what kind of cool/funky space Jeff and Jennifer will convert next ? How about the old TWA Terminal at JFK?)
Check out Mission: http://missionfencingcenter.com/
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