The University of the Incarnate Word is pleased to announce the development of a new multi-million dollar Fencing and International Sports Center.
The facility, made possible by a $2 million dollar grant from the Bexar County Community Venues Office, will be the premier fencing facility in the region and will be built on the St. Anthony Catholic High School campus at 3200 McCullough Ave, which is owned and operated by UIW. Incarnate Word will fund an additional $1 million toward the facility, bringing its total estimated cost to $3 million.
The 18,000 square-foot fencing and international sports facility will include 12 fencing strips; several practice strips; training rooms; spectator and exercise areas; and an armory. The center will serve as a multipurpose facility allowing UIW to develop an NCAA fencing program; provide the facilities for a US Fencing Association club for the community; serve as a training facility for fencing athletes including hosting of regional and national competitions; and support community initiatives such as the Dreams for Youth fencing. The facility is set to be completed by August 2012.
“San Antonio has a long history of training world class and Olympic athletes and this facility will provide a much needed venue for local fencing programs,” said UIW President Lou Agnese. “It’ll also provide new opportunities for local students who’d like to get involved in collegiate fencing but don’t want to leave San Antonio to do so.”
For more information, contact Margaret Garcia, UIW associate director of public relations, at (210) 829-6001 or firstname.lastname@example.org.