Ideas Festival: Ibtihaj Muhammad
Wednesday, April 6, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at The Woodland, 60 Woodland Road in Maplewood. Ibtihaj Muhammad is a member of the United States Olympic Fencing Team and will be competing in Rio de Janiero this summer. She is the first Muslim woman to represent the United States in international competition. Muhammad began fencing sabre at the age of 17. She quickly developed in the weapon, receiving a scholarship from the prestigious Duke University where she was a 3-time All American and Junior Olympic Champion. After graduating from Duke with an International Relations and African Studies double major, Muhammad decided to pursue fencing full time. She is currently ranked 2nd in the U.S. and has ranked as high as number 11 in the world. Muhammad’s career highlights include World Champion (Team, 2014), 4-time Senior World Medalist and 3-time USA National Champion. In February 2012, Muhammad was called upon by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to serve on the U.S. Department of State’s Council to Empower Women and Girls Through Sports. As a sports ambassador, Muhammad engages audiences in the United States and overseas to elevate the global conversation on sports as a means of empowerment. She aims to inspire youth and increase the number of women and girls who are involved in sports.