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Club of Excellence Recognition Program

USA Fencing Club of Excellence Program

USA Fencing is pleased to honor clubs around the country that have exemplified excellence to their membership and our sport. Recognizing clubs that work creatively to attract new fencers to our sport while retaining long-time members is a priority to USA Fencing. 

Without the efforts of local clubs, stability and growth in the sport would not be possible. Your hard work, dedication, volunteerism and pride are genuinely appreciated. In addition, providing a platform to share best practices with every club will serve a role in growing the sport across the country. 

Applications for this season will open in June! 

Past Winners:

2022-2023 Award Winners

2021-2022 Award Winners

Program Categories

Membership Programming    

Do your members love your club? If so, we encourage your club to apply for this award. Member recruitment, retention and programming dedicated to creating a positive culture are all part of the evaluation. 

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

Is your club committed to diversity and inclusion? This category celebrates those clubs who have had significant success in designing programs for people with disabilities, female fencers, economically disadvantaged fencers and any other underrepresented group. 

Youth Programming   

Clubs who excel in recruiting and retaining fencers under the age of 18 should apply. This recognizes clubs who create a positive environment that young people want to participate, regardless of their fencing ability. 

Marketing and Communication  

Are you proud of your website? Do you utilize social media with great results? Have you found ways to promote the sport and your club in your community? If so, this is the category for you!

Community Outreach

If your club has made a difference in your community, apply for this recognition. Examples include volunteering in your community, exposing underserved populations to the sport and offering cost-free opportunities for people who otherwise do not know about fencing.

Veteran Programming

Do the veteran fencers at your club enjoy being members at your club? Is your club working to foster positive veteran relationships? Is your club identifying ways to support veterans in your club and the community? If yes to these, we encourage you to apply to this award!

What Honorees Receive

  • Club of Excellence banner
  • Recognition on USA Fencing website and social media outlet

Application Guidelines

  1. Please complete the applications and provide as much detail as possible. 
  2. Multiple clubs may be selected.
  3. Clubs may apply for an unlimited number of categories annually. 
  4. The previous year's winners are not eligible the following year in the same category but are encouraged to apply for other categories and may win the same category again in a non-consecutive year. 

Questions?  Please contact