HARLEM, Manhattan – Hundreds of students in Harlem were at risk of losing their beloved fencing program, until PIX11 News jumped in and helped save their sport.
When PIX11 News first met Tarse Johnson, the 9-year-old had just learned that he and his class at Harlem Storefront Academy were losing their favorite sports class.
“I feel when I'm fencing I'm the most specialest person in the world,” he said. “I fence, I act like a warrior.”
We couldn’t let this little warrior be defeated. So we reached out to Tim Morehouse, an Olympic silver medalist and one of the biggest names in the fencing world.
He’s also the founder of the Fencing in Schools Foundation, which recently opened a new club on the Upper West Side.
Morehouse surprised the kids at Harlem Storefront Academy on Monday and delivered the good news: they’ll be able to keep their fencing program for at least another year, thanks to Sabra Hummus’ Sponsor Program, which has already sponsored more than 15,000 kids over three years.
Morehouse is going to train their teacher how to instruct, they’ll have an after-school program and start a team.