The Bronzeville Fencing Academy's in-school partnerships with local and statewide social service agencies, operates afterschool programming in the Chicago Public Schools. These programs are specifically designed to motivate and support academic achievement and success in alternative sports disciplines, thus promoting a viable pathway to secondary and post-secondary education. The Academy's programs principally target youth, fourteen years of age and under (U14) as early intervention stabilizes the community and ensures the quality of life for future generations.

Objectives of the program include:

  • Increased science, technology, engineering and math ("STEM") skills for all participants.

  • Promote a pathway to secondary and post-secondary institutions both academically and athletically.

  • 80+ private high schools offer fencing as an interscholastic sport.

  • These high school programs offer financial assistance, up to and including full scholarships to student-athletes.

  • Promote a life-long interest in the sport of fencing through which participants can literally explore the world.

  • Promote social, emotional and leadership intelligence.

  • Provide an alternative safe haven during afterschool hours.

This holistic program cultivates the development of the student-athlete and provides instruction in all three weapons: Foil, Epee and Sabre. The focus promotes athletic prowess and good citizenship in a fun and safe environment. The participants enjoy a positive and fun class atmosphere where through expert instruction, they are afforded the opportunity to grow and learn the sport of Fencing at their own pace. Classes include games, exercises, coordination exercises and technical, tactical, and mental training.

The Academy provides practice equipment (jackets, masks, gloves, and weapons).

If you would like to learn more on how to bring our program to your neighborhood school, please e-mail us at