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Why I Fence

06/29/2015, 10:45am CDT
By Donald Anthony Jr.

Why do you fence? Do you enjoy the thrill of competition? The exercise? The lifelong friendships? The strategic thinking?

Why do you fence? It’s a simple question, and one meant to discover the deep, emotional bond you have with our sport. It’s also one that we are asking you in a new social media campaign that kicks off in conjunction with Summer Nationals. The #WhyIFence initiative is your chance to share with the fencing community what drives you to participate in this fencing.

Here’s how it works:

  • Between now and the end of July, make a sign that explains a reason that you fence. Take a selfie (or have someone else take a picture) of you holding the sign. You can also download this USA Fencing sign to use as your platform.
  • Share your photo on a social media channel and include the hashtag #WhyIFence when you post it to Twitter, Instagram or on our Facebook page.
  • Watch for your post to be favorited and shared by USA Fencing. Your post might even appear in an upcoming website or magazine feature.  
  • You can also amplify the hashtag by retweeting and liking other posts from friends and fellow competitors who’ve posted answers that resonate with you. Check back daily to see new content when you search for #WhyIFence.

This is your opportunity to be part of the conversation and tell the world what motivates you to fence. On a bigger scale, let’s show the spirit of USA Fencing and the enthusiasm that exists in our fencing world as we prepare for Rio 2016. Yes, it’s an individual sport, but it’s also a dynamic lifestyle that we all enjoy.

As an example, here’s my photo explaining #WhyIFence ...



Why do you fence? I know you have an answer, and I can’t wait to discover all the reasons that spark you, the current athletes as well as former competitors, to stay connected with fencing.

So whether you are still competing or hung up your foil, epee or sabre years ago, join us in #WhyIFence and learn what evokes the spirit and passion of fencers like you.

-- Donald K. Anthony Jr. USA Fencing President / Chairman of the Board

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