Fencing Masters Roadshow in Pictures! (PART 1)

Last night marked the unveiling of the FENCING MASTERS ROADSHOW!

Held at the Baryshnikov Arts Center before a crowd of 200 people the event featured fencing matches between Olympians Nicole Ross and Nzhingha Prescod and Daryl Homer versus Tim Morehouse.   The choir from Democracy Prep sang the national anthem, we premiered the Fencing in the Schools promo video we made with the prestigious Sunshine Sachs company and also had our “How to Watch Fencing” demonstration.

The event was part of the Fencing in the Schools Kick-Off and helped to generate $37,000 dollars to help fund 1500+ kids at 6 schools in Harlem to have fencing!  Thank you to everyone who donated and there is still time if you’d like to contribute: http://www.crowdrise.com/fencingintheschools2013

Here is what we accomplished last night with your help:

  • FUNDRAISING: We raised over $37,000 dollars to get 1500+ kids fencing in Harlem including an Olympic assembly for all the kids where we will pay our Olympian ambassadors $500 for doing the assembly to also support their Olympic Dreams.   These kids will also become fans of our sport and athletes through our program and hopefully follow Daryl Homer, Nzhingha Prescod, Nicole Ross and others to Rio.
  • EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS: We created a promo video for the foundation that goes into the benefits of fencing and with a CALL TO ACTION for schools if they want fencing to come to us!Here is Link: http://youtu.be/0mrqG50qZlg
  • FENCING ON TV: The fencing match last night will air on Universal Sports in 3 weeks.    The network reaches 40 Million homes across the country and they paid for the TV production.   This will continue to give us a great platform to bring additional corporate sponsors onboard.
  • BUILDING RELATIONSHIP WITH KEY CONSTITUENTS: Last night, we had the CEO of Universal Sports and their board attending, representatives from Sabra Hummus along with a few potential additional corporate sponsors.
  • MEDIA: We were featured on WPIX 11 morning show, FOX 5 NYC did a profile, the Daily News has a piece coming out, Maxim.Com attended and is doing a video, the US Olympic Committee put out a press release, is doing an article AND tweeted to their 250,000+ followers about the event and the images will be on WIRE IMAGE where they can be picked up by additional media outlets.  We were also covered by a website called GUESTofaGuest.
  • FENCING TECHNOLOGY: We continue to try to find new and fun ways to show fencing.  We built 2 huge REPEATER LIGHTS that we can use in all our shows.  The large FENCING sign you see and there is a MASTERS on the other side both LIGHT UP and serve as scoring lights for some added WOW factor.

Media Advisory: OLYMPIC SILVER MEDALIST TIM MOREHOUSE LAUNCHES FENCING-IN-THE-SCHOOLS TO BRING FENCING TO 1 MILLION STUDENTS IN THE U.S.!

MEDIA ADVISORY

Contact: Alan Miller AMPR  718-317-8745   alanmillerpr@aol.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

OLYMPIC SILVER MEDALIST TIM MOREHOUSE LAUNCHES FENCING-IN-THE-SCHOOLS TO BRING FENCING TO

1 MILLION STUDENTS IN THE U.S.!

 

KICKOFF EVENT AT BARYSHNIKOV ARTS CENTER TO FEATURE

“FENCING MASTERS” COMPETITION WITH OLYMPIANS AND VERY SPECIAL GUESTS

2008 Olympic Silver Medalist, and three-time Olympic team member Tim Morehouse launches his ambitious FENCING-IN-THE-SCHOOLS initiative with a special fundraising event at the Baryshnikov Arts Center (450 West 37th Street, NYC) on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13 at 7:00pm.  FENCING-IN-THE-SCHOOLS (501c3) is aimed at increasing awareness for the sport of fencing and highlighting fencing as a great fitness alternative to combat childhood obesity in America’s youth while instilling Olympic ideals.  The initiative will launch with a pilot program for 1,800 students at six schools in East and West Harlem starting in late March through the Democracy Prep charter school network.

The March 13th event, held in collaboration with online fundraising platform Crowdrise, aims to secure funding for the initial pilot program.  Event sponsor Sabra Hummus is covering the event costs so that 100% of proceeds raised through ticket sales will be dedicated to covering expenses for launching fencing schools with Democracy Prep.

“The goal of FENCING-IN-THE-SCHOOLS is to eventually get a million kids fencing, and we know that in order to do that we’re going to need people to take action to assist us, “said Morehouse.  “By partnering with Crowdrise, we feel we’ve found a great platform that will enable us to engage the energy and passion of the fencing community and local schools to help us bring fencing across the country.  This effort depends on your support.  Please join us!”

The event will feature inspirational talks by members of the U.S. Olympic fencing team and FENCING-IN-THE-SCHOOLS ambassadors, including World Cup Paris Team Gold Medalist Miles Chamley-Watson and Olympians Nzhingha Prescod and Daryl Homer.

A highlight of the kickoff event will be the Fencing Masters competition featuring the best U.S. fencers competing head-to-head, including Morehouse versus Homer in a battle of the top two men’s saber fencers in the country.  UNIVERSAL SPORTS NETWORK, which aired last year’s Fencing Masters: Kickoff to London, will air the Fencing Masters portion of the FENCING-IN-THE-SCHOOLS launch event in April 2013.

To purchase tickets to the March 13th FENCING-IN-THE-SCHOOLS launch event, to donate to the schools, or to join the campaign and directly help with the fundraising efforts, please visit www.crowdrise.com/fencingintheschools2013.   You can also support the cause by sharing this web link via social media.

For more information about FENCING-IN-THE-SCHOOLS and to learn how you can get involved, please visit www.fencingintheschools.org.

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ABOUT FENCING-IN-THE-SCHOOLS

Fencing-in-the-Schools (www.fencingingtheschools.org) is an educational organization whose mission statement, “Empowering youth to achieve excellence through the sport of fencing” will be carried out by bringing the sport of fencing to schools around the country to fight childhood obesity while promoting the Olympic ideals of excellence, respect, and friendship.

It was founded in 2011 by Olympic Silver Medalist and Teach For America alum Tim Morehouse so children could have the same opportunities and benefits that he had from the sport. Fencing-in-the-Schools carries out its mission by training school teachers to teach the sport of fencing utilizing the Fencing-in-the-Schools youth curriculum. The curriculum focuses on both the physical and mental skills of fencing, while also promoting the ideals of the Olympic movement.

The organization raises awareness for the sport and its programs by utilizing U.S. Olympic team members and Fencing-in-the-Schools ambassadors to conduct school assemblies, give fencing clinics, appear in promotional videos, and participate in events throughout the country that help promote their mission.

The program will kick-off with 1800 students fencing in East and West Harlem and look to expand to 10,000 students across the country in the 2013-2014 school year with an ultimate goal of 1 million kids fencing by 2023.  Schools interested in participating in a program should email info@fencingintheschools.org

ABOUT CROWDRISE

Crowdrise (www.crowdrise.com), founded by actor Ed Norton, is a unique blend of crowdfunding, social networking, contests, and more. It is an innovative, online fundraising and event management website for individuals, charity fundraisers and event fundraising.  Crowdrise helps you raise tons of money for your cause or charity and have the most fun in the world while doing it.

ABOUT DEMOCRACY PREP: CHARTER SCHOOL NETWORK
Democracy Prep Public Schools is a growing network of seven nonprofit public charter schools that share the same goal of ensuring that all scholars “Work Hard, Go to College, and Change the World.”  In 2012-13, Democracy Prep is educating roughly 2,000 citizen-scholars in grades K-12. Over the past five years, Democracy Prep has been the highest performing Charter Management Organization on the Chancellor’s Progress Report, and in 2010 Democracy Prep Charter Middle School was named the #1 middle school in the entire City of New York. In 2012, Democracy Prep’s Harlem Prep Charter School became the most successful turnaround of a public school in New York State history.

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3 Ways YOU Can Help Get A Thousands of Kids Fencing in Harlem! (via Fencing in the Schools!)

Dear Friends,

Help us start NEW Fencing programs in Harlem!     Fencing in the Schools is a 501c3 foundation I started to help bring the great sport of fencing to kids around the country to fight childhood obesity and instill Olympic ideals.  It begins its mission to get 1 million students fencing in schools by 2023 with 1600+ students fencing in 6 Harlem schools starting in late march!  We also have the goal to get 10,000 kids by 2013-14 school!   I needs YOUR help to get our country fencing!

On March 13, Fencing in the Schools is hosting its kick-off event in NYC at the Baryshnikov Arts Center (450 W 37th St  New York, NY between 9th and 10th Ave) at 7pm featuring talks by 2012 US Olympic team members and two special Fencing Masters matches featuring top ranked men’s saber fencers Daryl Homer Vs. Tim Morehouse and top-ranked women’s foil fencers Nicole Ross Versus Nzhingha Prescod!

These matches will also be aired on national TV in April on Universal Sports!

FOR TICKETS (OR TO DONATE):  www.crowdrise.com/fencingintheschools2013

3 WAYS YOU CAN HELP START 6 SCHOOL PROGRAMS!

#1 BUY TICKETS to the FENCING IN THE SCHOOLS March 13 Kick-Off event!  Go to www.crowdrise.com/fencingintheschools2013 and purchase a ticket!

You can earmark your ticket proceeds specifically to one of the schools in Harlem and earmark proceeds for your ticket(s) to one of the schools!  (Hint: If you earmark for “Democracy Prep Middle School – Olympian Tim Morehouse”  or go to my http://www.crowdrise.com/team-morehouse/fundraiser/timmorehouse1 the top fundraiser for me will get a special prize!)

  •  My top fundraiser on my personal page will get a fencing lesson from me!

#2 DONATE!! Go to http://www.crowdrise.com/team-morehouse/fundraiser/timmorehouse1 and donate!   Every donation helps!

#3 JOIN A FUNDRAISING TEAM AND SPREAD THE WORD! Each school has a specific fundraising page with a team made up of an Olympian, a fundraising captain and ANYONE CAN JOIN to help the cause!

* Step 1: Go to www.crowdrise.com/fencingintheschools2013

* Step 2: Scroll down the page and click on one of the Olympian School Teams

* Step 3: on the page, Login via Facebook or create a Crowdrise account (costs you nothing!)

* Step 4: On the specific school page, click on “THE TEAM” and click on “JOIN THE TEAM!”

* Step 5: you are now a member of the team and you can post to facebook, twitter or send your friends an email requesting their support for Fencing in the Schools!

To help bring fencing to your school you can email info@fencingintheschools.com to learn more or go to our website: www.fencingintheschools.org

Catch Fencing Masters on TV!!! (It will air 8 times — win a free T-shirt for posting a picture of yourself with it airing!)

Post a picture of yourself watching Fencing Masters to FB or Twitter and I’ll send you a T-Shirt when I’m back from the Olympics!

On Universal Sports Network:
Thursday 7/19 @ 7:30pm — already aired.

Friday 7/20 @ 12:30 AM ET
Friday 7/20 @ 11:00 AM ET
Tuesday 7/24 @ 7:00 PM ET
Wednesday 7/25 @ 12:30 PM ET

On SportsNet NY (network of NY METS on in NY, NJ, Philly, CT)

Saturday, July 21st – 12:00p
Sunday, July 22nd – 8:30a
Sunday, July 22nd – 1:00p

Help out Fencing Masters 2012: Here is a Sample Email You can send to your Friends!

Hi Friends!

Fencing Masters 2012 needs YOU to help make this years event a success!  Please help us by getting a ticket if you haven’t already (www.fencingmastersnyc.com/tickets) and by spreading the word to your friends on social networks and via email.

I’ve included a sample email below you can send to your friends and feel free to edit to your liking!   THANK YOU! -Tm

Dear Fencing Friends,

Fencing Masters 2012: Kick-off to London hits New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom on June 26, 2012. This special showcase tournament is your chance to see America’s best fencers compete in their last appearance before they take the strip at the Olympic Games!

  • This is a unique opportunity to get up-close and personal with our 2012 Olympic team and show them your support in person!
  • Watch them compete live against some of the most accomplished fencers in the world!
  • It is one of the only corporate sponsored, televised fencing competitions in the USA focused on the spectator experience with a set designed stage, instant replay on huge screens and more!
  • The event will raise funds for athlete grants as well as Fencing-in-the-Schools, a program designed to bring our sport to kids in underserved neighborhoods.

This is a competition not to be missed.    By attending you’ll be helping to promote and grow our great sport of fencing!

TICKETS: www.fencingmastersnyc.com

PROMO VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0S0fNrI4oVs

I’ll see you there!

(YOUR NAME HERE)                                      Tim Morehouse
(YOUR SIGNATURE HERE)                          US Olympic Team ‘12
Founder Fencing Masters

Fencing Masters Posters and T-Shirts are Coming Soon!

Posters, t-shirts and other promotional materials will be rolling out soon!

I hope you’ll be joining us for Fencing Masters: Kick-Off to London on June 26, 2012 featuring most of the US Olympic Fencing team competing in London 2012.   http://www.fencingmastersnyc.com (Great 1/2 price deal going on now for floor seats!)

Please “like” me on FB as well!  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tim-Morehouse/144092338975875?ref=ts

Fencing Masters: Kick-Off to London 2012 (Official Press Release)

Dear Friends,

We’re officially launching Fencing Masters: Kick-Off to London 2012!  Please see our press release below.  Have some special things in store to help promote our great sport!

Please note a really great offer, for the next 2-weeks only the $70 Floor Seats will be 50% off!  Hope you’ll join us for a spectacular evening with our 2012 London Olympic Team! -Tim

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FENCING MASTERS: KICK-OFF TO LONDON 2012

TO BRING U.S. OLYMPIC FENCERS TO THE BIG APPLE 

Tickets go on sale for Olympic tune-up event today

 

NEW YORK — En garde!

New York City is getting ready to host the largest U.S. spectator fencing tournament leading up to the Olympic Games this summer in London. Fencing Masters: Kick-Off to London 2012 will feature some of the sport’s biggest names including two-time Olympic gold medalist Mariel Zagunis and World bronze medalist Lee Kiefer, as they take on top contenders from around the world in a tune-up event for London.

Tickets go on sale today and can be purchased at www.fencingmastersnyc.com

Fencing Masters, the only regularly televised fencing competition in the United States, will be held June 26 in the Hammerstein Ballroom. The inaugural Fencing Masters attracted more than 1,800 spectators and was televised on SportsNet NY. Sponsorship dollars and ticket sales provided direct support for U.S. Olympic hopefuls.

The event will be done in complete New York style, featuring several amazing innovations to bring a night of enjoyment for those who are familiar to sport as well as for newcomers. Among the special features of the event are: large-screen instant replay, mask cams to bring the crowd inside the action, specially designed uniforms and a stage created by a Broadway set designer.

An initial six-weapon team has been announced, representing all three disciples of fencing: foil, epee and saber, with both the men and women competing together. A second U.S. team of London-bound American athletes will be announced in the coming months.

Among the headliners is Mariel Zagunis, a two-time Olympic Champion in women’s saber who is certain to be among America’s top medal hopes again this summer in London.

“The Fencing Masters is a great chance for us to show the spirit and skill of the U.S. team on our own soil before we leave for the London Games,” Zagunis said. “I’m really looking forward to competing with some of the world’s best fencers. Hopefully people from all around the country will support us and join in our enthusiasm for fencing!”

In women’s foil, Lee Kiefer will compete in the foil discipline, as will British-born U.S. citizen and New York City resident Miles Chamley-Watson, who achieved a No. 2 world ranking at the age of 20. Rounding out the initial team are New York Native saber-fencer Daryl Homer, who placed 15th at the 2010 World Championships, U.S. National women’s Epee Champion Courtney Hurley and 2004 Olympian Soren Thompson.

The format will be a team points relay with two U.S. teams of London bound athletes competing, along with an additional US team of Future Stars who will earn their spots in qualifying tournaments from around the country.   Two international squads of all-stars, whose line-ups will be announced in the coming months, will challenge the US teams for the Fencing Masters trophy.

“One of the goals I set after our Olympic team’s success play in Beijing was to help grow fencing in the United States while supporting our athletes and bringing the sport into the mainstream.  The sport is amazing to watch and I’m excited that more people in the US will be able to experience its beauty, grace and athleticism before London,” said Fencing Masters founder and 2008 Olympic silver medalist Tim Morehouse, who is vying for a spot on the U.S. team in London.

Proceeds from the event will support the Fencing-in-the-Schools program, which also was created by Morehouse to help start fencing programs in disadvantaged communities and which will be launched in the 2012-2013 calendar school year. In addition, proceeds also will be used to provide grants to help support the Olympic dreams of the U.S team going to London. The inaugural Fencing Masters provided $25,000 in grants to Olympic hopefuls.

The event is being produced by WCMG Events in partnership with the sport’s national governing body USA Fencing. Nike Fencing was named as an initial sponsor for the event with additional sponsor-related announcements coming in the upcoming months.

Press Inquiries Contact:
Lynn Plage: lplage@lpcpublicity.com (612) 803-2165
Brittany Evans: bevans@lpcpublicity.com  (303) 241-7073