Clawson Middle School to Have Fencing Club in the Fall

Clawson Middle School to Have Fencing Club in the Fall

Clawson, MI – An Olympic Fencing club is planned to begin practicing at Clawson Middle School next fall. The Clawson Middle School Fencing Salle (fencing school) will introduce the fundamentals of fencing to interested Clawson student athletes.

Clawson Schools has been working on a strategic plan for its classroom environment and sustainability. Olympic Fencing fits well into the plan’s new focus on student ‘Well Being’. The sport is a unique outlet for physical fitness and also teaches skills like critical thinking, dynamic adaptability, emotional strength and time management that can then be applied to academics.

Athletic competition cultivates social/emotional skills that enable student athletes to deal with the successes and failures inherent in sports. This benefit from Olympic Fencing will now be available to student athletes in addition  to Clawson’s more traditional sports like football, basketball, soccer, tennis, baseball and cheer.

“I didn’t know I was an athlete until I discovered Olympic Fencing when I attended Wayne State University,” said Clawson School Board Vice President Thomas J. Reed, Jr. “I couldn’t have finished college without the scholarship I earned participating as an NCAA Division I athlete.

“I am so happy Clawson students will now be introduced to a sport sponsored by universities like WSU, University of Detroit/Mercy, Notre Dame, Northwestern and all of the Ivy League colleges. Our students will have a leg up on other public school students from Michigan for a chance at attending these sorts of institutions and representing them in the NCAA…maybe even the Olympics,” finished Reed.

Several organizations are aiding Clawson Schools to develop the Olympic Fencing program. Chief among them, Renaissance Fencing Club (RFC) in Troy is helping Clawson Schools develop the Olympic Fencing program. RFC head sabre coach Todd Dressell, also head coach of the UD/Mercy fencing team, will help train a Clawson coach using RFC’s programs designed

with the expertise of Dr. Ann Marsh-Senic, a three-time Olympic fencer and current U.S. Olympic Fencing team captain.

For more information on enrolling your student in Clawson Public Schools, please contact Jill LaPine at (248) 655-4417. If you are interested in more information on the Clawson Middle School Fencing Salle visit their Facebook page (ClawsonMSFencing) or email the Salle at

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