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Hi, it’s TIM MOREHOUSE, Olympic Silver Medalist and Founder of Fencing in the Schools.
I’d like to share my thoughts on the future of fencing and I hope by the end of this letter you’ll join me.
Ever wonder why fencing isn’t more popular?
I grew up with people saying that fencing could never be on TV, get corporate sponsors and be mainstream or popular. I never challenged this thinking. I just assumed that people had tried to do these things and found that it was impossible.
I also grew up in a fencing community with people saying the US could never win Olympic medals…how could we ever beat the Russians or Italians?
Then the Beijing Olympics happened. Our USA team won 6 Olympic medals and it shattered my thinking. If “They” were wrong about how good an Olympic team we could be then what else could “They” be wrong about? Who are “They” anyway?
I was very fortunate to have found fencing. It changed my life. Gave me self-confidence, discipline and helped improve my critical thinking and has allowed me to travel the country and world for competitions.
I now want to give kids across America the chance to fence. For too long fencing has suffered from low-self-esteem about what our sport can accomplish.
I think things are popular because people make them that way and…
WE ARE GOING TO MAKE FENCING AS POPULAR AS OUR BIG THREE MAINSTREAM SPORTS! (Yes, I’m shouting this so no one mishears our intention!)
We are going to do this, not just to do it, but because the children in our country NEED fencing for their health, well-being and happiness.
Fencing is also a sport that requires both physical and mental development at the highest levels.
You can fence throughout your whole life.
Fencing is one of the greatest sports in the world.
Only so many kids can play baseball, basketball and football and unlike these sports, there is no bench in fencing. Every child can play and compete. So, our Mission at FENCING IN THE SCHOOLS is get a million kids fencing by the 2023 school year. We need your help!!
Some of our actions and strategies for change:
#1 Create School Programs:
We believe in order for our sport to grow we have to provide access to fencing for every child in America. To do this, we need to provide fun and low-cost opportunities to as many schools as possible where kids can try and fall in love with our sport. We will accomplish this by training PE Teachers (And create an army of them!) to teach fencing and by providing low cost and easy to use fencing equipment.
We are also going to create excellent educational materials including a basic curriculum aligned to the national fitness standards for teachers to use and comprehensive videos on how to fence for beginners and teachers to utilize.
#2 Utilizing and Supporting our Olympic Team:
We believe in the power of our Olympians to be role models for children. We will start every school program with an assembly with member(s) of our US Olympic team when they will get the kids excited about fencing, share their stories of achievement and perseverance and put on a fun fencing demonstration. We will financially support our Olympians to present the assembly, which will also serve to support these athletes in pursuing their Olympic dreams AND turn the children at each school into fans of our sport and athletes. Image a fan base of 1 million children following our team at the Olympics!
#3 Promoting the Sport into the National Consciousness:
We believe that in order for fencing to grow to scale we need to get our sport into the national consciousness. This includes, but is not limited to, awareness campaigns, putting fencing on national and local TV, getting impactful media profiles of our sport, athletes and tournaments, holding fencing events in high traffic areas to get “in the face” of people who might not be seeking us out. (You won’t be able to escape our sport!) Achieving this level of promotion has numerous benefits including creating a demand for our school programs for children, increasing our fan base which in-turn creates a greater platform for corporate sponsorships and fundraising.
#4 Supporting the Current Fencing Community: (Synergies)
We believe that for our sport to grow in America the business of fencing has to grow with it. Our goal is to turn as many of the students who start out in Fencing in the Schools into lifelong fencers and fans of our sport. We will work to get FITS kids out to clubs to compete and train, thereby contributing to the health of the business of the sport including club owners, vendors and sponsors.
#5 Improving the Technology of Fencing:
We believe that technology is a HUGE growth area for improving the sport. Fencing is still using the same basic system from the 1980s and wireless fencing is still not a reality for most fencing competitions in this age of cell phones and blue tooth. We are currently working to improve the technology with the priorities being to lower cost, make the fencing equipment more user-friendly and improve the visual presentation of the sport.
We already are meeting with some great companies including IDEO (the inventors of the first mouse!) to discuss ways to make a better wireless system, make IPADs into fencing machines, jackets that can glow when hit and other “outside of the box” ideas. The time has come to make fencing look better, more affordable and add the “WOW” factor to every fencing match.
#6 WE NEED YOU!
If we are going to get a million kids fencing across America then it is essential we galvanize our fencing community to TAKE ACTION! Our fencing community is one of the greatest groups of people in the world. People have longed to help the chance to help the sport, but haven’t had an outlet. We want to be that outlet! The only way this will work is with your support.
* Please note, this is in no way an exhaustive list but these are some of our priorities.
Ways YOU can Help RIGHT NOW:
#1 Please consider donating to one of our Fencing in the Schools campaigns: www.crowdrise.com/fencingintheschools2013
#2 Sponsor an Olympic Fencing Assembly for a school to introduce them to the sport in an exciting and fun way!
#3 2 Go to your school and DEMAND FENCING and SEND THEM TO US! firstname.lastname@example.org
#4 Post about Fencing in the Schools on your social media or tell your friends
#5 Attend our March 13 Fencing in the Schools Launch Event! All ticket proceeds go to help fund our first 6 pilot programs!
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT! Go Fencing!
This is a very exciting day for me with the release of the MOREHOUSE USA ELITE fencing shoes by Absolute Fencing.
I always dreamed of having a shoe named after me! I’m giddy. Thank you to Absolute Fencing (Gary and Amanda and the whole team there) for being so supportive of me and so visionary about where we can take our sport.
These are also a great pair of fencing shoes at a price ($75) that should be affordable to everyone in our community without sacrificing on quality and design.
I’ll be signing autographs and shoes in St. Louis if you’re there from 12-3pm on Saturday and Sunday! More exciting things in the works will be coming soon! -Tim
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Lynn Plage (612) 803-2165
THREE-TIME OLYMPIC TEAM MEMBER TIM MOREHOUSE MAKES
HISTORY WITH MOREHOUSE USA ELITE FENCING SHOE
Absolute Fencing, a leading fencing equipment company, is naming a shoe after Olympic silver medalist Tim Morehouse
NEW YORK — Olympic silver medalist Tim Morehouse has become the first U.S. fencing athlete to have a shoe named after him. The “Morehouse USA Elite” shoe, which will be produced by Absolute Fencing, a leading fencing equipment company, will go on sale this week. Morehouse will personally autograph the first 100 pairs of shoes available for the first time at the St. Louis North American Cup Oct. 12-15.
The shoes, which will retail at $75 (compared to more than $150 or more for most fencing shoes) will be available at the Absolute Fencing website (www.absolutefencinggear.com). A special promotional rate of $69.99 will be available until the end of October. A portion of the proceeds from the shoe sales will benefit Fencing in the Schools, Morehouse’s foundation whose mission is to bring the sport of fencing to schools around the country to fight obesity and spread Olympic ideals.
“I think this is a great move on Absolute Fencing’s part,” said Morehouse, who won an Olympic silver medal in Beijing and is the only remaining active U.S. male Olympic medalist fencer on Team USA. “They’re supporting an athlete and also helping to market their shoes to the community. This is a win-win.”
Morehouse says his mission to grow the sport involves making it more accessible and affordable. “What I love about these shoes is that they are not just the best pair I’ve ever worn, but also priced in way that is affordable for everyone,” he says.
Founded by Gary Lu, a former national team member and four-time All-American fencer at Penn State, Absolute Fencing is a family-owned business that has been supporting USA Fencing, and is the official equipment provider to major fencing events worldwide including the 2011 World University Games and 2010 Asian Games. Absolute also sponsors the US Fencing academic scholarships program to top academic fencers.
“Tim has been one of our country’s greatest Olympians, but the reason we love him is that he has been one of our best ambassadors and role models,” Lu said. “We’re honored to be working with him, and we want to help him promote fencing and reach more kids and people across the country.”
In addition to Morehouse’s trips to the Olympic Games, he is a two-time U.S. National Champion (2010, 2011) and recently was honored as a “Champion For Change” at the White House for his service to the country with the Teach For America Program. Morehouse recently authored American Fencer: Modern Lessons from an Ancient Sport (www.americanfencer.com), a book that chronicles his journey from the streets of Washington Heights to the Olympic podium and he is currently on a promotional tour around the country to spread fencing and fight childhood obesity.(www.timmorehouse.com)
This weekend on Saturday, May 4th in Cherry Hill, New Jersey at Fencing Academy of South Jersey there will be the first Future Stars Qualifier with mixed foil, epee and saber events and qualifier spots up for grabs for both men and women!
The following day, Sunday, May 5th there will be a qualifier in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Fencing Center there will be a men and women’s foil qualifier!
You can register for these events and see the other upcoming qualifiers at masters.askfred.net!
All participants will receive a free ticket offer, top-8 get Fencing Masters t-shirt, top-4 receive the American Fencer book by Tim Morehouse, there are specialized medals and of course the top fencers earn a spot at the Future Stars Championship on June 26 and a chance to win that and compete in the Fencing Masters main event against some of the best fencers in the world!
The Future Stars Championship is an individual 6-weapon foil, epee and saber competition that will take place the morning of Fencing Masters: Kick-Off to London on June 26,2012 at Hammerstein Ballroom. Proceeds from the event will go support Fencing-in-the-Schools and the 2012 US Fencing Team. The winner of each respective event will earn a place competing along side the US Olympic team in the Fencing Masters: Kick-Off to London main stage event.
Please note, this event is not open to any current Olympic team members. For more information: masters.askfred.net
This was a fun interview I did for new lifestyle website The Aesthete.
The article is written by NY Times writer CHRISTOPHER PETKANAS and the photography was done by TATIJANA SHOAN.
There is a little bit of everything in the article. Fencing history, my goals, a bit about my new book American Fencer: Modern Lessons from an Ancient sport and more!
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