Background: Sesc - Social Service of Commerce is a private institution, nationwide established in 1946 on the initiative of trade and service entrepreneurs. Its purpose is to promote
a social welfare, improvement in quality of life and cultural development of workers in the trade of goods, services and tourism. Physical activities, sports, and recreation are among the activities
that help to make up the action field of the entity. In the state of São Paulo, its 36 operational units scattered throughout the cities, develop internal and external activities, many of them in
partnership with the city hall. One of the most relevant institutional programs in the field of sports and physical activities is the “SESC VERÃO” (Summer SESC), which takes place in January and
February of every year. This year Brazil will host the Olympic Games. For this reason, each operational unit received the task to develop activities related to one predetermined Olympic and Paralympic
sport, and one presentation sport. Thus, participants would take contact with sports culture and have the opportunity to practice a poorly known sport. Thus, this case report aimed to present the
experience of the Summer Sesc 2016 in Sesc Pompeia.
Case Presentation: Sesc Pompeia, an operational unit located to the west of the city of São Paulo, developed the theme fencing and wheelchair fencing as Olympic and Paralympic sports, and skating as
presentation sport. Every sport action developed in Sesc covers three dimensions: knowledge, practice and entertainment sport. Thus, on Summer Sesc, for knowledge a contemplative exhibition about
fencing was organized and talks with Brazilian most important Olympic and Paralympic athletes were offered. For practice, courses and open classes were proposed. For entertainment sport Sesc hosted
the Brazilian Fencing Tournament and some demonstration disputes. The fencing exhibition was based on an infographic about the origin of fencing and its evolution, the rules and the influence of the
sword in the world. Complementing the contemplative exhibition it was offered a practice area where specialized instructors developed activities to the general public. This sport practice area worked
every day during the entire two-month event. This strategy allowed the participant coming into contact with the fencing sportive culture and the sport practice in the same space. Therefore, one could
put into practice what was learned in theory. The result was approximately 19.000 people practicing fencing and approximately 36.000 people visiting the exhibition. Furthermore, two modular courses
were offered during the Sumer Sesc, with the entire necessary infrastructure (space, clothing, rubber sword for the beginners and specialized instructors).
Conclusions: This initiative enabled the opportunity to learn the fencing basic movements for free. This project contributed to the dissemination of the fencing, a poorly known sport
modality, especially in the city of São Paulo, which does not have spaces for the practice for free.