Teach For America Week Celebration at the J. Crew Store Hosted by J. Crew CEO Millard Drexler and Caroline Kennedy

Can’t thank Millard Drexler, the CEO of J. Crew, and Caroline Kennedy enough for their support of Teach For America.   Had a very humbling evening with both of them and my Teach For America family at the J. Crew store on 17th and 5th to celebrate the efforts of some great leaders in New York who are supporting TFA.

I’m going to teach at a public school in Harlem tomorrow as part of Teach For America week in NYC.  So excited!

Teach For America Week:

Teach For America Week draws community leaders nationwide to support educational excellence for all children. These volunteers will visit the classrooms of Teach For America teachers, also known as corps members, and teach lessons based on their experience in business, politics, and beyond. An annual event since 1997, Teach For America Week will take place in 30 regions across the country in 2010.   

Over 20 confirmed participants are designers Kate and Andy Spade; Sherrie Westin, Sesame Workshop Chief Marketing Officer; David Westin, President of ABC News; Amy Astley, Editor in Chief Teen Vogue; Jim Cramer, host of CNBC’s Mad Money; stylist Frédéric Fekkai and Drew Nieporent, owner of Nobu and other Myriad Restaurant Group establishments.

More about TFA and to donate: www.teachforamerica.org

Virginia Beach Is For Fencers! (Best Fencers in the USA Descend on Virginia This Weekend!)

Fencing is coming to Virginia Beach this weekend.
North American Cup F, April 23-26

This is some very cool stuff I found on this discussion thread at: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=392208 Love what these folks have done to create some promotional materials the upcoming fencing competition in Virgina Beach for non-fencers!

Check out what this guy created for people in Virginia Beach:

Schedule (for Division 1 events)

  • Friday, April 23
    • 8:30am: Women’s Foil
  • Saturday, April 24
    • 8:30am: Women’s Epee
    • 8:30am: Men’s Sabre (you can expect the finals to start around 1pm or so)

      Watch for:
      Tim Morehouse, member of the 2008 USA Men’s Sabre team, silver medalists in the Beijing Olympics.
      Jason Rogers, a member of the same 2008 silver medalists men’s sabre team, model, and all-around good-looking guy.
      Daryl Homer, 2010 NCAA Men’s Sabre champion, and the youngest member of the current national team.
  • Sunday, April 25
    • 8:30am: Men’s Epee
    • 1:00pm: Women’s SabreMariel Zagunis, 2-time Olympic gold medalist
  • Monday, April 26
    • 8:30am: Men’s Foil

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Some quick info about these North American Cups (NACs):
– Epee events take a long time, so if one starts at 8am, don’t expect the final until 5pm or later.
– Sabre events are very quick, plus have a smaller group of competitors. The women’s sabre event, which starts at 1pm, will probably be done by 4 or 5pm. I’ll be in the men’s sabre tournament, which starts Saturday around 8:30am.

– I only listed the division 1 events, which are the strongest. There are also Youth events at this tournament, so if you stop by you will see LOTS of 8 to 14-year-olds running around. Ask around to find out where the div. 1 events are being fenced.

– All the division 1 tournaments start with a round of pools (if there are 105 competitors, they’ll be split into 17 pools of 7 fencers each). Pools are fenced round-robin, so everyone fencers everyone in his pool in 5-point matches. After this round, the top 80% of the competitors advance, are ranked according to their results (percentage of victories, then by number of points scored for/against), and are placed in a table of direct elimination. Then, 128 fencers go to 64, to 32, to 16, etc.

– The United States Fencing Association (USFA) doesn’t go out of its way to make these inviting to spectators, which is why I’d like to do. Don’t be afraid to walk in, around, and right up to the strips. Each area containing fencing strips will have a divider around it, and you can come up right next to the divider.

– Fencing is incomprehensible in the beginning. Strike up a conversation with anyone and ask him/her what’s going on.

If any media in Virginia would like to talk to any of these Olympians or competitors, please feel free to contact me: tim@timmorehouse.com

Cool Sports News of the Day: Doing Athletics Makes You Smarter!

Cool article in Discovery Magazine about how sports can make you smarter called, “Why Athletes Are Geniuses.”

The qualities that set a great athlete apart from the rest of us lie not just in the muscles and the lungs but also between the ears. That’s because athletes need to make complicated decisions in a flash…In recent years neuroscientists have begun to catalog some fascinating differences between average brains and the brains of great athletes. By understanding what goes on in athletic heads, researchers hope to understand more about the workings of all brains—those of sports legends and couch potatoes alike.

Full Article:
http://discovermagazine.com/2010/apr/16-the-brain-athletes-are-geniuses/article_view?b_start:int=0&-C=

And, since athletics makes you smarter and fencing is known as the “Braniest Sport” according to Sports Illustrated that means that fencing is the best sport for you to get SMAHTA.  😉

Fencing Picture of the Day: Elderly Fencing Program

I think this is real…

Apparently old people love it! at least the ones at Corpus Christi Catholic Home for retired priest and nuns in Melbourne, Australia, do. The over 80 years old athletes have been learning the art of fencing for nine months now…

Read Fulll Article: http://www.odditycentral.com/pics/fencing-never-gets-old.html