CCNY Women's Fencing Program
CCNY is a school of higher learning. Established in 1847, it is one of the first publicly funded universities in the country. It is also the home of many great athletes, including All Americans and Olympians. This hub is a support resource to help raise awareness and funding for the CCNY Women's Fencing program.
- Initiated: Dec. 23, 2016
CCNY Women's Sabre 2017
My name is Jack Lee. I am currently retired and doing some volunteer work at the Westchester Archives. Recently, it came to my attention that the CCNY Women's Fencing team has been experiencing some challenges. As a former Men's team member and alumnus, I would like to help.
One of my fondest memories was attending classes at Lewisohn Stadium, where I took my first fencing lesson. It started a long career in Varsity Fencing (epee) and later as a participant in open tournaments in both individual and team events. I've traveled to many cities for annual tournaments and made life long friends with my teammates. It was a wonderful experience and one that I wish all college students would have an opportunity to participate in.
In 2009, I along with some of my teammates, wrote a tribute in the CCNY Alumnus magazine Winter issue to our coach Ed Lucia. I hope you have a chance to read it. The link appears below.
The fencing team experience is much more than a sport but a life learning experience. One that will be treasured throughout one's career.
The Caliber of the Schools We Competed With
CCNY Fencing Glory Days...
(Some highlights of past accomplishments)
From 1967 to 2015, there have been a total of 38 Hall of Fame inductees with awards going back to the class of 1924 till modern day. They included 3 coaches and 35 team members.
Among them, there were at least 5 members who went on to be selected for the US Olympic teams.
There were also numerous All Americans for being among the top 6 finalists in the NCAA tournaments.
Some also won medals in the Senior World Championship tournaments.
There is a book published in 2006, called "Closing the Distance" written by Jeff Bukantz a CCNY fencing alumni. He describe in great detail the life and career of his father, Daniel Bukantz Class of '38. He was perhaps our most decorated Alumni.
He was an American Olympic fencing competitor and referee and also a dentist. He won the national singles championship in the foil in 1949, 1952, 1953 and 1957. He competed in the foil in Olympic games four consecutive times beginning in 1948, and was part of nine national championship teams for the Fencers Club of New York. He won the gold medal in the foil at the 1950 Maccabiah Games in Israel. He also competed in epee at times. He was a head referee at the 1984 Los Angeles Games. He is a member of the United States Fencing Hall of Fame in Shreveport.
A List of Known CCNY All Americans
Men's Team Photo 1972
The mission of this Fund is to promote and ensure the long term viability of the Women's Fencing program at CCNY. We at City College have had a rich history with many achievements in the world of competitive fencing. We want to offer the same opportunity to a newer generation of female students at CCNY. Our goal is to obtain the financial means through alumni and corporate sponsors that will ensure the long term success of this program. Our hope is to be able to restore CCNY standing in the NCAA circuit and allow future members to participate in the annual NCAA tournaments. We will offer our time, energy, and resources to achieve these goals.
- The Benefactors
A Program Proposal (initial draft)
- Assess what is needed
- Estimate funding requirements
- Work with college officials and staff to draft the details
- Reach out to alumni
- Reach out to corporations for sponsorship
- Create a specific fund with the purpose of supporting this program
- Develop a multi-year program that will be fiscally viable for perpetuity
- Obtain oversight by independent audit agency
- Creation of a Board of Directors to oversee and help with this mission
- Lack of a fixed facility for fencing classes and practice sessions.
- Difficulty recruiting enough qualified members for the team.
- Inadequate coaching staff with coaches and assistants being P/T only.
- Lack of resources to support both travels and overnight stays to tournaments far away.
- Lack of a physical education program that offers introductory classes to the sport of fencing. (a potential source of team members)
What is needed:
- A dialogue with City officials about current shortcomings and what is available and possible with current budget and a commitment to support our mission.
- A cost assessment for each component, including a new facility room, equipment for classes, additional assistant coaching staff, travel budgets, equipment maintenance, possibility of partial scholarships, reimbursements for entry fees to open tournaments, year end award dinner, publicity, funding events...
- Recruitment of a full team with at minimum 5 persons per weapon, for a total of 15 or more team members.
- Research into what is required for NCAA Div. l accreditation.
- Develop a guideline for member participation, including attendance requirements, maintenance of academic standards, rules of conduct...
- Funding efforts to initially focus on minimum requirements based on the cost assessment, with ongoing funding efforts to continue to support and improve the CCNY Women's Fencing program.
- Review and discuss any legal implications and requirements for a non-profit foundation.
A model fencing facility
How Do We Proceed?
I think we should divide the objectives into 3 stages.
Stage 1: Focus on getting the current Women's Fencing team up to standard, including the establishment of a permanent facility specialized for fencing practice and classes.
Stage 2: Build a full squad with beginners and advanced team members to allow for progression from PE classes to team and to Varsity.
Stage 3: Expand the program to include a Men's Fencing team with equal status. Due to Title IX regulation, the Men's team was discontinued some years earlier. I would like it to be restored.
A Possible Scenario
It has been brought to my attention that colleges no longer have a Freshmen team. In this scenario, we envision a process of recruitment starting from a basic PE class in Introductory foil. If the school could provide for 3 classes of 20 students each per semester, that will produce a potential pool of 60 members. If only 10% were selected to join the team, that will bring 6 additions team members per semester. A full Varsity team is envisioned to contain 15 members, 5 of each weapon (foil, saber and epee). This will create a healthy competitive environment where the members must improve to advance to the starting lineup. There are only 9 starters. This will give the coach some flexibility in any given meet to choose various starters based on ability and commitment.
In addition, I can envision a way to supplement the coaching lessons by providing monetary assistance for the advanced fencers to join a club such as the Fencer's Club and receive additional lessons from professional staff. Also, reimbursement for entry fees to open tournaments held in NYC. This will provide competitive experience outside the college environment.
An Open Tournament
In this draft proposal, I used the term fund and foundation almost interchangeably. It was pointed out to me they are very different entities. A fund is more a fund raising tool to generate some revenues from independent donations. A Foundation is usually a private setup where the owners of the foundation have more control over the funds and its allocation.
In the draft proposal, I am open to both methods. In creating a specific targeted fund, The school would play the major roll of managing the fund and the allocations. Similar to the existing fund of various types. There are for example funds for scholarship by the Alumni organization.
A Foundation would be a more complex arrangement. It would involve the creation of a board to oversee activities. In my opinion, the foundation would be an ideal path in the long run. The problems with current athletic programs at City is much more than funding issue. It would require the long term commitment from City College officials and the various entities to create a long term solution. It may involve coordinating various funding activities, some of which already exist such as capital investments.
It would be better to start small and build up to a viable organization that can help reach our goals. The work will take time and patience and some planning. The foundation path will offer the flexibility of direction and focus in a changing environment.
Some Possible Sources...
My philosophies is to go with all possible avenues. Here are some specific ways to raise funding.
- Personal donations
- Matching grants
- Corp. Sponsorships
- Annual Charity Events
- Application to existing grants
- Bequeaths of estates
- Yearly Pledges
- Friends of...
- other sources of funds...
This effort is dedicated to all past coaches of CCNY Fencing. Our goal is to preserve and protect the athletic fencing program at CCNY. As an alumni of CCNY and a member of the CCNY Men's Varsity team, class of 1974, I want to offer my assistance to make this a reality. This first draft proposal is the starting point. Thanks to all who contributed to this effort, especially Joe Wu and Arnold Messing with their first hand comments and insight. Wish us luck.
Old College News Clipping
12-23-2016 - Initial concept.
12-28- 2016 - Phone conversation with Jen Chen.
1-2-2017 - Added clarification after discussion and comments from various sources.
1-9-2017 - Received some info from Friends of Harvard Fencing...
2-10-2017 - Meeting with Jen Chen, Paul Yuen and Jamie Angeli at CCNY, tour of current facilities and equipment room. Discuss some current shortcomings.
Ideas and Suggestions
- Creation of a mailing list of alumni and coaches and friends...
- Establish a Friends of Fencing organization.
Related Links and Info
- Harvard Varsity Club
Friends of Harvard Fencing
- The Blades of CCNY (Finally) in the Spotlight; CCNY BeaverBeat
By Carolina Steele, Video Editor and Jeff Weisinger, Founding Editor | After another stellar season at CCNY, the Women's Fencing team is finally starting to get the recognition they deserve. In this first (of hopefully many more) video segment...
- List of NCAA fencing schools - Wikipedia
- Memories of Our Coach article Alumnus Magazine Winter 2009
- The City College of New York Athletics
The official website for the The City College of New York Beavers athletics
- CCNY Athletics - 2016-17 Women's Fencing Roster
- CCNY Women's Fencing on Facebook
CCNY Women Varsity Fencing. 38 likes · 2 talking about this. This is the unofficial site for posting the current activities and the past history of the...
- Epee Fencing - A hubbook on The Art of Fencing
The Art of Fencing: Some of my personal experiences in the sport of fencing. I have created a Hubbook format to help with the navigation and to divide the subject into separate modules.
- Ed Lucia - A tribute
A tribute to my fencing coach at CCNY.
- Fundraising Through Friends of Groups
Law firm for entertainers, artists, musicians, producers,production companies museums, and nonprofits.
- The Peter Westbrook Foundation
A model program to support the sport of fencing for inner city schools.
- Home of Swordsplaybooks
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© 2016 Jack Lee