The September 1 – October 31 2022 Tournament Calendar can be found here.
(Colorado Springs, Colo.) — Today, USA Fencing was made aware of the arrest of a fencing coach on October 13, 2021 for sexual misconduct with a minor. We join in outrage at the prospect that anyone involved in our sport could potentially be involved in harming a young person. The safety of all members is USA Fencing’s top priority and we stand in support of victims of abuse.
As required by federal law, this issue was immediately reported to the U.S. Center for SafeSport and the Center has taken jurisdiction. At this point, as with all matters of accusation of this sort, the Center will investigate and decide on any disciplinary sanction of this individual within our sport. USA Fencing urges the Center to prioritize the safety of our athletes, coaches, and stakeholders first and foremost. If a sanction is issued in this case, we will immediately notify clubs, divisions and committees, and this individual will immediately be placed on the Ineligible and Suspended Member List page on the USA Fencing website.
Anyone who has experienced sexual, physical or emotional abuse within our sport is encouraged to report these incidents to the U.S. Center for SafeSport at www.uscenterforsafesport.org. For resources to help with the impact of abuse in our sport, visit the USA Fencing Safe Sport page at https://www.usafencing.org/safe-sport.
An emergency meeting of the USA Fencing Board of Directors will be held at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday August 13 via teleconference.
Call-in Number: 1.877.805-0965
This week in the lead up to World Fencing Day, USA Fencing is celebrating our Life Members, their dedication to the sport and their role in the #USAFencingFamily.
Meet Jorge Gana: Walking on to his college fencing team at Johns Hopkins University, Jorge Gana quickly became passionate about fencing. Although he had no prior experience in the sport, Gana became a team captain and won the individual University Athletic Association Championship and Temple Open in men’s epee in 1991, on his way to a top-10 senior national ranking. Now involved in fencing for more than 30 years, he is the chair of the New Jersey Division, a certified referee and a volunteer assistant coach at Christian Brothers Academy High School. He even still fences when he has the time.
Fencing has become a part of the Gana family. Gana and his wife have seven children, two of which are Life members. Gana describes that purchasing a Life membership was a great option to reflect his commitment to the sport, and was an investment for his kids, who also found a strong passion for the sport.
For more information about the Life membership, visit https://www.usafencing.org/…/698114-individual-memberships.