Tim is one of the country’s top athlete entrepreneurs and social innovators. Honored by the White House as a Champion For Change, by The Global Sports Foundation as an Athlete In Excellence and named one of America’s Top 50 Philanthropists, Tim leverages his unique background as an Olympic Silver Medalist and Teach for America alum to impact lives across the country though his foundation Fencing In The Schools and inspirational fencing lessons for business presentations.
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Tim is also an author whose first book American Fencer: Modern Lessons from an Ancient Sport chronicles his underdog journey and shares the lessons he learned about embracing his awkward moves to reach the Olympic podium. His second book, a children's book, entitled Louie and Lima Learn to Fence (based on a mostly true story) is due out in February 2015.
From elementary school in East Harlem, NY, Tim’s modest beginnings ingrained both a relentless work ethic and passion to catalyze social change. Tim is the founder of Fencing In The Schools, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing access to fencing in low-income communities while teaching life skills through the sport.
Tim now spends a significant amount of time translating his leadership skills as one of the most well-known ambassadors for the sport of fencing. His Tedx Talk, Embracing Your Awkward Moves is praised for its positive and powerful messages about what it takes to achieve goals.
As a speaker and athlete ambassador, Tim has spoken to more than 50,000 students about achieving their dreams and has given his powerful presentations and fencing team-building exercises at companies such as Motley Fool, USTA, BP, GE, the Young Presidents Organization, Google, Hugo Boss, Ameriprise and Habitat For Humanity and numerous Fortune 500 companies. Tim has spoken at the United Nations and The White House and done fencing demonstrations and promotional matches in Times Square, Lincoln Center, and Hammerstein Ballroom.
He taught President Obama to fence on the White House lawn and he is an author, a Huffington Post blogger, an experienced television host, and he has executive produced numerous live and televised events.