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Fencing in the Schools 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 the mission of Fencing-in-the-Schools.
In addition, Fencing-in-the-Schools has special initiatives to bring fencing to under-resourced communities in rural and inner-city areas of the country, to get girls active in the sport, and to bring fencing to groups where the sport may not be currently available.
Fencing-in-the-Schools conducts awareness-raising campaigns, works to make fencing equipment more accessible and affordable, designs teaching tools for parents and teachers, and partners with charitable organizations–both within the fencing community and outside of it–to promote fencing, fight childhood obesity, and spread the Olympic ideals.