The Bronzeville Fencing Academy promotes and teaches the Olympic sport of fencing to students of all ages and skill levels. The Academy is a 501(c)(3) organization whose efforts are solely directed toward advocating on behalf of youth in underserved communities. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
As a professional athletic organization, the Academy offers affordable memberships with instruction for youth and adults of all skill levels. We also conduct and offer fencing clinics for advanced competitive fencers. We offer discounts on membership packages and Academy designated competition gear is available to all advanced competitive member fencers.
The Academy will host local, regional and ultimately, future development of national level tournaments in the sport of Fencing. All tournaments are sanctioned by the national governing body of fencing, the United States Fencing Association (USFA) and Illinois Division of the USFA. The tournaments will operate under the USFA’s Safe Sport policy.
The Academy currently makes its home at the Arts and Recreation Center at Ellis Park, located at 3520 S. Cottage Grove Avenue in the Black Metropolis‐Bronzeville historical district of Chicago. The 32,000 square foot facility opened in the summer of 2016 and boasts the following amenities; five-lane competitive pool, a gymnasium, a fitness center, multi-purpose arts and community spaces, a rooftop terrace, locker rooms and administrative space. Outdoor features include tennis courts, athletic fields for football or soccer, and a soft-surface playground.
The Academy currently offers the following programs: