April 21st, 2021
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Dear Alumni, Family, and Friends of Cornell Fencing,
I cannot believe it is already the middle of April and we are most of the way through this incredibly challenging season. This year has been so different for all of our student athletes.  Usually our focus is success at every competition. This year the focus is the team's shared responsibility of ensuring we can continue to do what we love……. FENCE! Wear your mask, keep your distance, do not congregate in large groups, all the rules you should expect. We all miss competition and the team experience that comes with it. But fencing remains the highlight of our weeks and our ability to call ourselves Cornell Fencers continues to unite us as a team.
There are restrictions in place that make it challenging to feel like a team at times. The amount of practice hours have been cut, nearly in half. Athletes are still not allowed into locker rooms in groups. We are restricted to practicing by weapon instead of as an entire team. But we overcome. All the experienced fencers are helping the newer athletes and striving to establish the atmosphere of camaraderie we all love. We recently started holding small competitions in practice. And we are now ramping up for captain's elections for the men's and women's team.
One silver lining of this past year has been our increased ability to engage with parents and alumni. We have had multiple alumni panels speak with the team on networking, medicine, diversity, women in leadership, and technology. Parents have met in monthly group chats and sent care packages. We set a record for giving day for total donations and raised $55,000 of our yearly $125,000 target. I cannot thank you enough for this incredible engagement, support, and generosity. Linked here is a Thank You letter from one of our student athletes. I hope you all enjoy reading about her experiences this season.
On another hugely positive note, we also received a $100,000 endowment from Nick and Barbara Heiner. A huge THANK YOU to Nick and Barbara for working so hard to set this up with the athletic department. The gift is a huge help to the men’s and women’s teams. It is also an open endowment, which means it is possible for other supporters of our team to donate directly to this fund. The language is available, so please reach out if you would like additional information.
Ariana Klinkov
Head Fencing Coach | Cornell University
Teagle Hall | 512 Campus Road | Ithaca, NY  14850
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