Week In Idaho

Last week I was back in Idaho following the second year of Fencing In The Schools sharing the sport with the communities of Pocatello, Rigby, and now Blackfoot. They’re in 7 schools now! Idaho is just one of 9 states that Fencing In The Schools has reached since they started last year. This year they hope to expose the sport to 20,000 kids throughout the country in grades 3-12. Here are some highlight photos from the trip!
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Idaho Trip with FITS

Last week, I had an amazing adventure in the lovely state of Idaho with Fencing In The Schools. Pocatello and Rigby are the first two communities outside of NY to receive Fencing In The Schools programs, launching in a couple weeks. I went out with Olympians Tim Morehouse and Jeff Spear to document their assemblies and workshops with the teachers. Check out some of the photos below!

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New teachers learning how to fence in Pocatello, ID
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K-8 Holy Spirit Charter School in Pocatello, ID
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Tim Morehouse speaks to 1200 students at Rigby Middle School
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KZBQ radio host Paul Anderson tries fencing
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Olympic stories and values are shared with Academy Charter School
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Jeff Spear teachers students at Pocatello Community Charter School

There was also a great news article from our two days in Idaho: http://www.idahostatejournal.com/members/a-touch-tutorial-olympic-fencers-visit-schools-to-introduce-the/article_e6bdc94a-25b5-11e3-9daf-001a4bcf887a.html

Fencing In The Schools begins

Fencing In The Schools begins

One of the organizations the film will be highlighting is Tim Morehouse’s Fencing In The Schools. I had the pleasure of meeting some of the administration yesterday with Tim and some of his team. This program is beginning its pilot year at Democracy Prep, a charter school with six campuses in Harlem, NY. With about 2,000 students between all of the schools, Democracy Prep will be running the first 6-week gym program that features fencing as a physical education unit. Tim has commissioned starter foil gear from Absolute so the kids can get into the action quickly and safely (there it is in the picture!)

I’m including this program in the film as an example of how schools can begin fencing programs of their own. Although fencing in NJ is popular at the varsity sport level, you can also introduce kids to the sport in gym class. The earlier the better. As kids compete in soccer and baseball at young ages, starting a new sport when they’re older becomes less appealing. If a kid starts fencing when they’re younger, or at least has tried it, there may be a better chance that they stay with fencing as they get older and into high school.

For more information about Fencing In The Schools, check them out here: http://www.fencingintheschools.org/