In the shadows of the US Capitol building we came bearing foam sabers and a little Olympic cheer to children in the DC area. Cadet Epee Worlds Silver Medalist Kat Holmes, high school saber phenom Mel Rodriguez, and Alex Bucevicius joined me to introduce fencing to the roughly 50 children who came to the event in support of Chicago 2016 Olympic Bid and the Congressional Youth Sport Caucus.
The event took place on Capitol Hill at Lower D Park, South of the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. In addition to demonstrating Olympic and Paralympic sports liketaekwondo, wrestling, soccer, fencing and Paralympic judo, the event featured a brief program with members of Congress from the Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports, including Congressman Mike McIntyre (NC), Founder and Co-Chairman, Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports; Congressman Jim Jordan (OH); and Congressman John Shimkus (IL).
Olympians and Paralympians demonstrating sports to the youth included Bart Conner, two-time Olympic gold medalist in gymnastics; ; Arlene Limas, Olympian in taekwondo; Nathaniel Mills, three-time Olympian in speed skating; Bill Scherr, Olympian in wrestling; Melissa Merson, Olympian in triathlon; Ryan Reser, Paralympian in judo; Myles Porter, Paralympian in judo; Ann Cody, Paralympian in track and field and basketball.
Special thanks to David Sapery for helping to coordinate and connect me with folks in DC, Lynda Moore and all the fencers from the Prince William Fencing Academy (So great meeting you guys!) as well as the folks at the USOC, Chicago 2016 and the wonderful volunteers who took time out of their day to make the event a success!
Heading home to NYC in the mornig!! What a crazy 3 days! Fencing on a fashion runway, my birthday party and then a trip to DC!! Now I just have to figure out where I’m going to live after July 31st since my lease ends and my new one doesn’t begin until August 11! (Also, looking forward to my good friend and former fencer Jerome Cordero’s wedding on Saturday in Albany!)