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The New York Athletic Club is one of the athletic clubs that were established in the United States in the latter part of the nineteenth century. Founded in 1868 by Henry Buermeyer, John Babcock and William Curtis, the club's premise was "growth and development of amateur sport in the United States." The NYAC organized the first US championships in boxing, wrestling, and outdoor track and field, and brought the sport of fencing to the US. Today, the New York City club house, located on Central Park South and Seventh Avenue, is New York's athletic organization that offers its 9,000-plus members athletic resources, as well as dining, recreation, and lodging facilities. Application for membership in the NYAC is by invitation only.

Notable members

NYAC members have won 123 Olympic gold medals, 40 silver medals, and 52 bronze medals. Thirty-nine NYAC olympians took home five gold medals, one silver medal, and five bronze medals at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

Many NYAC members have been successful in a multitude of athletic competitions in their specialized fields other than the Olympic games. Their successes and accomplishments are chronicled in an "Hall of Fame" display located on the second floor of the City House.

The NYAC has been an innovative force in the world of athletic competition as well. Amidst a crisis over the eligibility of amateur athletes during the 1880s, the New York Athletic Club led a group of clubs in forming The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU).

In 1921, a group of members of the New York Athletic Club spearheaded the founding of Winged Foot Golf Clubmarker in Mamaroneck, New Yorkmarker. Winged Foot's name and logo was inspired by the NYAC's winged foot logo. The two clubs have never been formally affiliated.

In 1987, the transition to allow women to join as members had begun. The club's membership had previously only included men. The membership still consists of mostly men, however several women enjoy membership at an equal status. Notable members have included:

Past members



Current members



Facilities

Travers Island clubhouse


The club operates two facilities, one in New York Citymarker and the other on Travers Island which straddles the border of New Rochellemarker and Pelham Manor, New Yorkmarker. The City House, located at 180 Central Park Southmarker, occupies one of the finest locations in the city. A large, cavernous building built in the early twentieth century, it offers panoramic views of Central Park and is the athletic as well as the social hub of the Club. The 24-floor facility includes two restaurants, a cocktail lounge, library, ballroom, billiard room, meeting rooms, and eight floors of guest rooms for members and club guests. The athletic training floors include a swimming pool, basketball courts, boxing rings, a fencing and wrestling room, judo floor, and squash courts.

Named for Wall Street businessman William R. Travers, who arranged for its purchase in 1886, Travers Island is the NYAC's summer home on Long Island Soundmarker. The island is located in the city's Lower Harbor and is situated between Neptune Islandmarker, Glen Islandmarker and Hunter Islandmarker in New York Citymarker's Pelham Bay Parkmarker.It consists of the Main House and other buildings and facilities that sit on of handsomely landscaped grounds. Centered around the Main House, the Olympic-sized salt water pool and accompanying cabanas, Travers Island extends the range of NYAC sports to include tennis, rowing, yachting, outdoor swimming and diving, a children's Day Camp, rugby, soccer, croquet and lacrosse.

The Club offers many sports, including rowing, wrestling, boxing, judo, fencing, basketball, rugby union, soccer, tennis, handball, squash, snooker, and at least a dozen others not listed here.

Geographic location

Travers Island is located at .

Mercury Cup Series

The NYAC's Mercury Cup series is the premier regional fencing event in North America. The series includes a number of épée and sabre tournaments, ending each season with the famous 'Epeepalooza' and 'Sabrage' events. Competitors earn points based on final placements at each tournament, with the champion being the highest ranked fencer at the conclusion of the season.

The Mercury Cup has proven successful due to the club's prestige, corporate sponsorship, and the event's extraordinarily high-level of competition.



Mercury Cup Champions
Season Épée Sabre
2005 - 2006 Alexander Abend
2006 - 2007 Alexander Abend
2007 - 2008 Alexander Abend Sergey Isayenko
2008 - 2009 Jon Normile Ben Igoe


Individual Event Champions

2005 - 2006 Épée Series
Mercury Cup #1: Noah Zucker

Mercury Cup #2: Alexander Abend

Mercury Cup #3: Alexander Abend

Mercury Cup #4: Mykhaylo Mokretsov

Mercury Cup #5: Alexander Abend

Mercury Cup #6: Alex Tsinis


2006 - 2007 Épée Series

Mercury Cup #1: Alexander Abend

Mercury Cup #2: Alexander Abend

Mercury Cup #3: Soren Thompson

Mercury Cup #4: Alexander Abend

Mercury Cup #5: Brendan Baby

Mercury Cup #6: Tommi Hurme


2007 - 2008 Épée Series

Mercury Cup #1: Alexander Abend

Mercury Cup #2: Bas Verwijlen

Mercury Cup #3: Tommi Hurme

Mercury Cup #4: Jon Normile

Mercury Cup #5: Jon Normile


2008 - 2009 Épée Series

Mercury Cup #1: Alex Tsinis

Mercury Cup #2: Jon Normile

Mercury Cup #3: Jon Normile


2007 - 2008 Sabre Series

Mercury Cup #1: Sergey Isayenko

Mercury Cup #2: Ben Igoe

Mercury Cup #3: Sergey Isayenko


2008 - 2009 Sabre Series

Mercury Cup #1: Ben Igoe

Mercury Cup #2: Ben Igoe

Mercury Cup #3: Daryl Homer

Other Notable Events

In November 2003, the club was the site of a four game chess match between Garry Kasparov and the computer program X3D Fritz. In November 2005, the Saturday morning program, the children's program run by the club gathered nearly $17,000 dollars for the Ronald McDonald House run, an event which the program has participated in for several years.

See also



External links



References

  1. http://www.nyac.org/Default.aspx?p=DynamicModule&pageid=235907&ssid=89262&vnf=1



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