UIW & Bexar County to break ground on Fencing and International Sports Center

The University of the Incarnate Word in partnership with Bexar County will host a groundbreaking ceremony commemorating the start of construction on a new multi-million dollar Fencing and International Sports Center. The ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 23 at St. Anthony Catholic High School.

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, 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.

CONTACT:        

Margaret Garcia, UIW associate director of public relations, (210) 422-4052, mlgarci2@uiwtx.edu.

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