Olympic Silver Medalist, Fencing 2008
Tim Morehouse, New York City native (born July 29, 1978), is an Olympic Silver Medalist in Fencing (’08 Beijing Games), National Champion (2010 Atlanta, Georgia), media personality known for promoting the sport of fencing, experienced presenter on topics of goal achievement and problem solving, former Wilhelmina model, named by Fast Company as one of the most influential alumni of Teach For America, and published author.
As the first Olympian to graduate from Brandeis University, Morehouse was a three time All-American, 2000 NCAA Fencer of the Year, Cointe Sportmanship Award winner, and the youngest recipient of the prestigious Alumni Achievement Award in 2010 for his achievements as an athlete and work with Teach For America.
Morehouse, a force to be reckoned with in the fencing world, is the number one ranked US Men’s Saber Fencer (2009-2010), with career highlights as a four-time Pan American Team Champion (2005-2009), two-time Pan American Individual Silver Medalist (2007-2008) and Team Gold Medalist (2010), National Team Champion (2004), steadily climbing the ranks within the top-15 in the world (2007-2009).
Such achievements have earned Morehouse a rare sponsorship for a small-sport athlete. BistroMDsport, a chef prepared, doctor approved, gourmet meal plan for NBC’s hit reality show, “The Biggest Loser” is providing Tim’s meals and utilizing him in various marketing campaigns.
In addition to being a world-class athlete, Morehouse is a former public school teacher and staff member of Teach for America and holds a Master’s degree in Education from Pace University. Recognized for building a network of leaders committed to educational equity and excellence, Teach for America is one of the largest providers of teachers for low-income communities. Morehouse taught 7th grade Social Studies for three years in an inner-city school in New York and later worked as a staff member; currently he is sponsoring a Teach for America teacher and classroom in East Harlem. Continuing down the path as a triple threat, dynamic educator, athlete, and influencer, Tim Morehouse has broken the mold for the profile and possibilities for emerging-sport Olympic athletes.
One of the highlights of his career took place in 2009 when he taught President Obama to fence on the White House lawn in support of Chicago’s bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. He has appeared on the Today Show, Oprah, and Happy Hour on Fox Business. In 2008, he was one of the featured athletes on the Emmy Award-winning television documentary, “My First Time: Competing at the Olympics,” and has appeared in Esquire, Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, Metro Sports New York, and ESPN Magazine.
As a motivational speaker, Morehouse has spoken to over 15,000 children and young people in urban schools who find inspiration in his amazing story. He has also given presentations to Fortune 100 and 500 organizations across America, including General Electric, Hugo Boss, and Google, Inc.
A producer of Olympic events and fundraisers, Morehouse realizes the importance in making time to support various non-profits and is an Athlete Ambassador for Right to Play, an organization working with volunteers and partners to use sport and play to enhance child development in areas of disadvantage and recently produced the En Guarde for Charity event at the Barney’s Penthouse in New York, raising over $15,000.
Morehouse has recently penned his life experiences as an Olympic athlete and teacher in a tell-all motivational and biographical book; sharing lessons learned on the way to his Silver Medal in Beijing and in the classroom as a member of Teach for America. The book is due out in the spring of 2012.