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Donald Anthony Jr. and fencing


By Allyson Jacob · April 21st, 2004 · Where Are They Now?
  Donald Anthony Jr.
Donald Anthony Jr.

Then: In 1996, Donald Anthony Jr. was working hard to bring fencing to the forefront in Cincinnati. His fencing resume included the 1995 U.S. World Championship Team and the 1994 U.S. National Championship Sabre Team, which he captained. Anthony also spent many hours coaching inner-city kids, teaching them the sport and the physical and mental values it promotes in competitors. "In the fencing program in Cincinnati," Anthony related then, "I've been really challenged ...

by interactions with kids who come in very vulnerable or very aggressive. A lot of times it's good for those who come in aggressive ... (fencing) lets them get their aggression out and try to focus on it. They can come to realize that aggression is not the solution, not the way to win." (Issue of May 23, 1996).

Now: Anthony has added to his fencing resume, his business and his life. Following the 1996 article, Anthony went to the Olympic Trials and won a spot as an alternate on the U.S. Olympic team. Now married and living in Columbus, he owns a management consulting firm and serves as secretary to the United States Fencing Association. Anthony has found a way to unite two of his passions -- fencing and business.

"I've been promoting the sport of fencing," Anthony says from his office in Columbus, "with prototype events and streaming media events and establishing an online community." His management firm has had an active role in garnering national attention for fencing, which was represented at Arnold Schwarzenegger's World Body Building Expo in Columbus this year for the first time, and Anthony's firm is working hard to get the word out about the World Championships in New York in June.

Though he's not competing at the level he was in 1996, Anthony says, "I still fence as much as possible. Once I turn 50, which is three years away, I'll be able to compete in the veterans group."

Anthony credits fencing with giving him opportunities to see beyond himself. "The biggest impact fencing has had on my life," he says, "is the opportunity to travel and to experience multiple cultures, people and perspectives. It's been very eye-opening and enlightening."

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