Tim Morehouse has forged a unique life out of his hard work, focus and talent.From humble beginnings, he fought his way past a series of obstacles on the road to becoming an Olympic Silver Medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, a three-time NCAA All-American, six-time member of the U.S. National team and No. 1 ranked fencer in the USA. Tim is also one of the stars behind the rapid growth of the sport of fencing in the United States. In addition, he is an established motivational speaker and the national spokesperson for Kid Fitness, an organization geared towards fighting childhood obesity in this country through such strategies as an informative and entertaining show on PBS and a remarkable program that has been introduced into thousands of classrooms around the country. Having made numerous television appearances, including the Today Show, Oprah and various news programs, Tim has brought his unique sport to new levels of exposure while being an exciting and amusing guest on those shows. He also has been the subject of an Emmy Award winning NBC-TV documentary, has modeled for Esquire magazine and has given numerousmotivational speeches in front of thousands of people. While most young men and women on a track to participate in the Olympic Games, or in a pro sport such as tennis, golf, figure skating, basketball or soccer, generally begin their training before their “”tweens,’” Tim’s journey to China last year was almost cut short before it truly began. Truth be told, Tim was nearly kicked off the Riverdale Country School’s (NY) fencing team in the 7th grade (his first year as a competitor) because of his wild and erratic behavior at practice. He was not the best fencer on his high school team, was not recruited by any of the major Division I fencing colleges and did not even make a national competition quarter-final until after his graduation from Brandeis University in Boston. But he overcame these obstacles to star in his sport on the biggest platform in the world. While it is rare for someone to break through in any athletic endeavor when they are in their late 20’s, Tim did just that - - improving his national ranking each year since 2000 before going on to medal in the Olympics.In 2000, Tim simultaneously began his pursuit of his other passion - - education - - by becoming a fully-certified NYC schoolteacher and joining Teach For America, a program geared to eliminating educational inequity in the US by enlisting the nation's most promising future leaders to instruct these young students.Tim was assigned 7th graders who he taught for three years at Mirabal Sisters School in the Washington Heights section of NYC.He also earned his master's degree in education from Pace University in 2003.
Tim's next goal is to win the first Individual Gold Medal in US Men's Fencing history at the 2012 Games in London. If experience is any teacher, Tim Morehouse will be bringing home the gold three summers from now.