NEW YORK, May 4, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Tuesday, May 10, Fencers Club—the oldest and most successful fencing organization in the Western Hemisphere—will host an exciting evening with its Rio-bound athletes, Olympians (at least one in every Games since 1904) and members who have made significant contributions to the community through fencing.
The guest list includes four Fencers Club athletes who qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics: Miles Chamley-Watson—the first American man to win an individual fencing World Championship, Nzingha Prescod—the first U.S. woman to win an individual fencing Grand Prix, Ibtihaj Muhammad—who will be the first Muslim-American woman to compete at the Olympics in a hijab and one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential individuals, and Juliana Barrett—a longtime member representing South Africa. James Melcher and Robert Dow, members of the 1972 U.S. Olympic Team, will also attend and be honored for their lifetime commitments to excellence both on and off the fencing strip. Other Olympians include Peter Westbrook—a six-time Olympian, individual Bronze Medalist and founder of The Peter Westbrook Foundation, 2012 Olympian Nicole Ross, and 2008 Olympic Silver Medalists Keeth Smart and Erinn Smart.
Founded in 1883, Fencers Club is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with over 600 members, ages 6 to 85—a microcosm of the diverse New York City population. With broad outreach through extensive and inclusive programs, Fencers Club has a positive impact on thousands of people worldwide. It is the only fencing club recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee as a Community Olympic Development Program. Its Schools Partnership program reaches 1400 students annually in 25 NYC schools. The club has received recognition for its Veterans on Guard Military Fencing program that teaches fencing for free to veterans from World War II to active duty. Fencers Club was also named the Pan-American region's representative club by the International Fencing Federation's Clubs Movement Initiative (CMI), which aims to broaden the base and elevate the level of fencing worldwide while making a positive impact in local communities.
On Tuesday, the club will unveil plans for its new home at 509 W. 38th Street, offering more than 25,000 square feet of state-of-the-art facilities.
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