Idaho State Journal

Fencing in the Schools Brings New Sport to Local Students

There’s a new sport in town. Now part of the PE curriculum at seven Pocatello area schools, fencing is a workout for the mind and body. This will be the second year of fencing in the schools’ programs in Idaho, with upwards of 1,500 children taking part in the fun.

     Funded in Idaho by the JRM Foundation and Idaho Hometown Heroes, Fencing in the Schools is able to provide everything local schools need to integrate a unit on fencing into the pre-existing PE curriculum, including specially designed kids’ equipment, an extensive curriculum with video tutorials and in-person training sessions for PE teachers.

    The programs will launch at all seven schools in September with a visit from the Fencing in the Schools founders, Olympians Tim Morehouse and Jeff Spear. Morehouse and Spear will introduce the sport of fencing to the children and share their Olympic journey.

    The Pocatello Fencing Club will be holding a free open house with Morehouse and Spear for families to meet the Olympic fencers and learn about fencing opportunities for all ages outside of school. The event will take place on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The Pocatello Fencing Club is located in the Methodist church gym at 200 N 15th Ave, Pocatello, Idaho.