Fifth grader Tommy “Tae Woo” Lim joined KAFSC’s Hodori after-school program, as a shy, withdrawn boy who didn’t engage well with others or participate in many activities. However, he soon began to open up and develop confidence, eventually joining the Hodori fencing class. In the same way that Hodori seeks to holistically develop a child’s cognitive, social, and emotional health and well-being, fencing, a sport often referred to as physical chess, helps to develop a child’s mental and physical development.
Under the leadership of Hodori Fencing Coach Eli Schenkel, Hodori fencers learn the values of sportsmanship, as well as, develop important life skills, such as, focus, discipline and strategic thinking. Last month, Tommy and two other Hodori fencers participated in the 2013 Fencers Club Partner Schools Championship in Manhattan. We are so excited to announce that Tommy won a gold medal in the Y11 Boy’s Foil category! Hodori students Timothy Kim and Timothy Yoo were also key participants in the competition.
For the past two years, Hodori has partnered with the Fencers Club Schools Partnership program to offer fencing, with all its transferable skills for learning and discipline, as part of our after-school program. Fencers Club is a Community Olympic Development Program dedicated to fencing, learning, character and community service. Their Schools Partnership program encourages students to work through difficulties to achieve their goalsand develop perseverance, which are key abilities that will help ensure future success in other pursuits. The first year, KAFSC was honored to have Beijing Olympic Silver Medalist, Emily Cross as the fencing coach. Current Coach Schenkel has taught the Hodori fencing class for the past year and will double the number of classes beginning this fall.
We are so very proud of the dedication and commitment of our young Hodori fencers both on and off the piste! At Hodori, we are always looking for creative and positive opportunities to help us in our mission to support our children, who are from mostly low-income immigrant families, build self-esteem and improve their communication and social skills. Partnerships, like the one with Fencers Club, allows KAFSC to be able to offer our community an effective and quality after-school program for those that need it the most.
For more information on how you can volunteer or support our Hodori after-school program, contact our Hodori Program Manager, Mi Jung You, LMHC, at firstname.lastname@example.org.