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Spirit of Sport

About the Program

Do you know someone in the fencing community who exemplifies the true meaning of sport?  We want to share their story with the fencing community. 

Each quarter, USA Fencing selects one winner from each region who exemplifies:

  • Commitment
  • Dedication
  • Respect
  • Teamwork
  • Inclusion
  • Passion
  • Sportsmanship
  • Character

Anyone may nominate and winners can be anyone in the fencing world, from fencers to coaches to armorers to volunteers. This is not necessarily an award for talent but more to recognize those individuals who embody the ideals that define the sport of fencing!

Winners receive:

  • Exclusive USA Fencing Spirit of Sport t-shirt
  • Exclusive USA Fencing Spirit of Sport bag tag
  • Recognition on USA Fencing website and social media channel




Quarter 1 Winners

Benjamin Lee, Patrick Webster, Jerome Cordero, Chris Sauthoff, Lewis Weiss and Martha Gray

To view past USA Fencing Spirit of Sport winners and see their stories, click here.

Nomination Deadlines

2019-20 nomination deadlines (all deadlines at 11:59 ET):

  • Quarter 1: Click here to view the winners.
  • Quarter 2: Selections announced soon!
  • Quarter 3: March 1- Nominate here
  • Quarter 4: May 1

USA Fencing Spirit of Sport Annual Winner

In addition to the 24 honorees throughout the season, USA Fencing will also honor one annual winner. 

After the fourth quarter selections have been chosen, a selection committee will name the top selection in each region as well as one wildcard from the pool of 24 winners named throughout the season. The fencing community will then select the winner in an online vote available to the entire USA Fencing membership.

The annual winner winner receives a trophy and is honored at the USA Fencing National Championships and July Challenge. 

The 2018-19 USA Fencing Spirit of Sport Annual Winner was Aditi Soin! To read more about Aditi's story, click here.