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Des Moines Fencing Club Holds First USA Fence for Life Program

10/09/2009, 3:59am CDT
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DES MOINES, Iowa - The North American Cup at the Iowa Events Center this weekend began with the first USA Fence for Life program at the Des Moines Boys and Girls Club. Steve Behrends and RJ Lesch of the Des Moines Fencing Club provided a fencing demonstration to almost 250 elementary school kids Thursday. The Boys and Girls Club junior high children will attend the North American Cup on Saturday and Sunday to witness fencing competition.

This community outreach program introduces children to fencing providing them with the basics of trying on gear, learning footwork, and receiving the popular USA Fencing sticker and pin. The program is driven to provide an opportunity for local residents to experience the health and benefits of the Olympic sport of fencing.

"We want to have a positive impact in communities where our events are staged and increase awareness of the sport," said Christine Simmons, Director of Operations, USA Fencing. "This program is extremely valuable in introducing the sport, and providing each event host with a community program."

Throughout the 2009-10 fencing season, the USA Fence for Life program will be held the day prior to each national event. Attendees will learn about fencing safety, rules, equipment, etiquette, health benefits and where to find local fencing programs.

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