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The Bronzeville Fencing Academy is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit dedicated to providing and meeting the existing and future needs of underprivileged and underserved urban youth in the Black Metropolis District – Bronzeville area; contributing to the personal growth of its participants through the development of character-building programs, tools and training that promote self-respect, academic excellence and positive social skills and behaviors.

The Academy’s mission is to expand our uniquely defined program in alternative sports beginning with the sport of Fencing, through expert instruction from coaches, athletes, officials and other professionals in the sport. In addition to promoting a pathway to secondary and post-secondary institutions both academically and athletically, this program will empower the student-athlete to compete at the national and international level. Intricately woven into the fabric of this program is the high-level academic tutoring assistance in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) available to all program participants.

We are focused on providing expert instruction and mentorship targeted exclusively at closing the academic achievement gap, to support the youth in and out of the classroom to develop their leadership qualities.

The Academy works diligently to keep our operating costs as low as possible but it is difficult to meet the needs of all of our children and that is why we look to the community for financial assistance and support.

Your donation supports the following:

  • $75.00 helps to purchase educational tools.

  • $125.00 helps to provide a stipend for academic Tutors.

  • $175.00 is the cost of one annual membership in the program.

  • $250.00 is the cost of peer-mentoring workshops.

Other types of contributions accepted:


  • Community Grant Programs are offered by companies wishing to make a positive impact in the local and global community

  • Annual Giving Campaigns encourages employees to give to a specific cause with the company matching the employee donations

  • Annual Grant Stipends are allocated to employees each year to donate to a non-profit of their choice

  • Matching Gift Programs receive contributions from employees and the company in turn, matches the employee donation


  • Planned giving are major philanthropic gifts made during a donors lifetime or at death as apart of the donors estate planning

  • Individual donations from the local and global community-at-large.


  • These contributions come from fencing equipment suppliers to eligible fencing clubs.

An official donation letter for tax deduction purposes will be sent to you with a donation of $50.00 or more. Letters for lesser amounts are available upon request.

We realize that the decision to give is a personal one and recognize that it is important for you to know how your donation helps fund the services provided to the youth in the community so we encourage you to visit our website or give us a call if you have additional questions.

Dwindling community programs and resources give rise to the violence permeating local and national news today. The uniqueness of our program and impact to the youth we serve here in Chicago is immeasurable and so we welcome any support from you in continuing these valuable programs that positively influence the youth in our community.

Your generosity is a testimony to their potential.