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/