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.



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








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.



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


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.

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


#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