15 Touches is all it Takes


Fencing is one of the oldest games in the books. Originating as a military training tool, it evolved into sport around the 15th century, with roots in Italy and Germany. Fencing as a sport gained momentum around the 18th and 19th century. A few innovations lead to its rise in popularity; the creation of the foil, a weapon with a flattened tip, a set of rules around the target area, and the mesh mask fencers wear. All of these helped make fencing a safer, more popular sport. Fencing is also a gentlemen’s sport and each bout starts with the fencers saluting, without their masks, each other, the audience, and the referee. Then the referee will yell “En Gaurd” and the fencers will take their stance, signaling they are ready. The referee will then say “Pret?” “Allez!” which translates to ready? go! The match then begins and the first person to 15 touches is declared the winner of the bout. After the bout has ended, the fencers will salute each other and shake hands.

This fast-paced sport is one not many people think about! These athletes move at the speed of a race car, if not faster and with grace about them. USA Fencing is the governing body over all amateur fencers in the United States, with headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Each year the association hosts the March North American Cup, where the top fencers come together to compete. These athletes are of all ages and belong to clubs all across the country.USA Fencer

USA Fencing returns to Cleveland this weekend to host the March North American Cup at the Huntington Convention Center in Downtown Cleveland March 10 – 13. The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission bid against other top fencing locations to host this event, which will draw in over 1.2 million in economic impact for the city and around 1,100 athletes.

I have had a big hand in this event, writing the media alert and collaborating with my partner, Cierra to make a social media plan. Because I knew virtually nothing about fencing when I started, I watched a lot of videos about it and read many other great blogs about the rules. I fell in love with this sport, the way the athletes move and act towards one another makes it very admirable. We are also going to the convention center and laying down the 30-foot strips of fencing tape.

We are also going to the convention center and laying down the 30-foot strips of fencing tape and putting up signage to help activate our brand. This event will require some manual labor on our end, but seeing the sport in action will make it all worth it! Everything we do at the Sports Commission is for the love of the game!


Run, Run as Fast as you can

SPIRE Institute

Creating a Relationship 

Five years ago, the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission partnered with SPIRE Institue to bring the Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championship to Geneva, Ohio. Some of the most prestigious athletes in the game will compete in this championship. This is great for Geneva because the event generates approximately 1.2 million dollars in economic activity. SPIRE was a natural choice for the event because it is a world-class facility, able to accommodate both the men’s and women’s teams. The Michigan State University Women’s team and University of Nebraska Men’s team are out to defend their 2016 titles.

Strong leaders and legendary names are born in the Big Ten Conference. Big Ten Runners Big Ten is headquartered in Rosemont, IL and consists of 14 universities across the nation. The Ohio State University being one of these universities. (O-H) More than 120 years after its founding, Big Ten still boasts being a national leader in intercollegiate athletics, on and off the field.

The Ohio State University, the only Ohio university represented in the conference, boasts some serious talent to watch out for at the championship. Last week, junior Nick Demaline achieved his fourth shot put title, after beating his own personal best, at the Spire Invite. This title puts him ranked sixth in the NCAA for throwing. For the ladies, pole vaulting will be the event to watch. At the Spire Invite, Madison Roberts and Megan Hoffman had personal bests to move them into the No. 2 and No. 3 all-time for the program. The Buckeyes will host the Buckeye Tune-Up next weekend as final preparation for the Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championship. Good luck and go bucks!

Although my crew and I won’t work the actual event, we do have a hand in the pre-planning. The communications department writes the press releases and media alerts, recruits media to cover the event, and promote it on our social media outlets.

This means I stay very busy, writing alerts and following up with different outlets around the Northeast Ohio area, attempting to spark their interest and have them cover the event. My partner, Cierra and I also work on developing the social media plan. Sarah, the events intern works on signage for the event and making sure all the sponsors are represented.

Sarah, the Event Management Intern works on signage for the event and making sure all the sponsors are represented.

The buzz is still huge around the office even though come game day we will hand the event over to the folks at SPIRE. We have been planning and coordinating this event all year and it is great to see it all come together so seamlessly.


Working hard is what we do and it’s all for the love of the game.



**Stats provided by Ohio State’s Track and Field page. Photos courtesy of The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.**