Fencing In The Schools is on its way! After exceeding their goal and raising over $37,000, the Democracy Prep Charter Schools will begin their fencing program in April this year. Thanks to everyone for supporting this great cause.

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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…

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State Individuals Crowned

At the end of the NJSIAA fencing season, there are six new state champions. It was an exciting day at Montgomery High School as the following high school athletes topped the podium: Gabe Canaux (boys epee), Amy Tong (girls epee), George Haglund (boys foil), Sarah Pak (girls foil), Alex Gorloff (boys saber), and Francesca Russo (girls saber). In true dramatic fashion, the Boys Epee event ended with a three-way tie for 1st a fence-off for the title. Boys Foil and Girls Saber also had a two-way fence-off for the gold. All of the competitors should be really proud of their performances and for qualifying for this intense competition. Although only one person can win, each touch is a small victory in itself. Good luck to the seniors in their endeavors and now it’s time to start training for next season. 🙂

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For a more detailed report, following the links:Boys Results: http://www.nj.com/hssports/blog/boysfencing/index.ssf/2013/03/boys_state_individual_championships_results.html
Girls Results: http://www.nj.com/hssports/blog/girlsfencing/index.ssf/2013/03/girls_state_individual_championships_results.html

Everyone has a different story about how they started fencing. Hear how Olympian Jason Rogers started fencing and the importance of “play” in the life of a child.

Tim Morehouse

Here is our very own Jason Rogers peaking at TedxYouth San Diego with Lindsay Hower on the power of Sport and Play.

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Team Champions

Congrats to the Columbia boys and the Northern Highlands girls on their NJSIAA Team Championships! I was at Morris Hills in Rockaway, NJ on Wednesday night and the room couldn’t have been more electric. The powerhouse team from Northern Highlands clinched their meet at 14-6 (out of 27 bouts, first to 14 wins) and rushed the strip for hugs and a team cheer. The final score was 18-9 over Montgomery.

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The gold medal match for the boys was a bit more dramatic…I mean REALLY dramatic. Lots of yellow cards, 4-4 bouts, overtime wins, emotions, and cheering. Watchung Hills lead the match until the end of the second round when Columbia’s epee squad tied the meet at 9-9. The score went back and forth until Columbia’s foil came up with big wins to put them in the lead. Once again, the meet fell to the epee squad and the meet was clinched at 14-12.

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The teams all fought well and the energy was so great for a fencing meet. The girls bronze medal was awarded to Columbia for defeating Livingston in a close bout. The Millburn boys took home the bronze against Ridge. It’s been a great season for all of these teams and they should all be so proud. The last event of the season takes place this Sunday at Montgomery High School in Skillman, NJ for the NJSIAA State Individuals.

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