COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Fencing, the national governing body for the Olympic and Paralympic sport of fencing in the United States, today announced a multiyear partnership that will see Bell Bank become The Official Bank of USA Fencing.
Bell is the latest company to join USA Fencing’s robust partnership program, which was revamped in 2023 as a part of the organization’s new commercial commitment to sports marketing.
In addition to new social and digital activations with USA Fencing, Bell will now receive prominent signage and visibility opportunities at USA Fencing national events including the North American Cup, Super Junior/Cadet Circuit, FIE Grand Prix and the USA Fencing National Championships. The partnership was facilitated with Bell Bank strategic partner Oak View Group Global Partnerships.
Founded in 1966, Bell Bank is headquartered in Fargo, ND, and offers customers personal and commercial banking, mortgage, wealth management and insurance services. Bell currently has full-service bank locations in Arizona, Minnesota and North Dakota and has mortgage offices in 33 states.
“We’re incredibly proud to partner with Bell Bank, as its strong commitment to its core values, particularly community development and employee empowerment, is a characteristic shared by the entire fencing community,” said USA Fencing CEO Phil Andrews. “These vital traits, combined with passion and dedication from customers, members and employees, are what allows companies and sports alike to grow from local to national entities.”
Bell becomes the second partner to join USA Fencing’s partnership program in 2024 alongside Avis, which was named the Official Rental Car Company of USA Fencing on January 10. USA Fencing’s high six-figure partnership program now boasts partners in categories including automotive, banking, beverage, fencing, higher education, and sports performance, among others.
Bell Bank adds USA Fencing to its roster of sports partnerships which also includes Minnesota United FC of Major League Soccer.
USA Fencing is the national governing body for the Olympic and Paralympic sport of fencing in the United States. Our mission is to grow and promote the sport of fencing in the United States, honor its rich traditions, and achieve sustained competitive international excellence. In USA Fencing, our athletes are strong and competitive both on the fencing strip and in life — a reminder that fencing provides physical and mental benefits that last a lifetime.
Learn more about USA Fencing at usafencing.org or follow USA Fencing on X (@USAFencing), Instagram (@usafencing), Facebook (@USAFencing) and YouTube (@USAFencing)
Headquartered in Fargo, N.D., Bell Bank was chartered in 1966 and has grown to become the largest family-and-employee owned bank in the upper Midwest, and one of the largest in the nation, with assets of more than $14 billion. Bell is an award-winning company, offering full-service commercial, consumer and private banking as well as mortgage, wealth management and equipment finance services. Bell Bank is committed to the community and has given back over $28 million since 2008 through its "Pay It Forward" program to empower employee-driven charitable giving.
Oak View Group (OVG) is a global sports and entertainment company founded by Tim Leiweke and Irving Azoff in 2015. OVG’s mission is to be a positive disruption to business as usual in the sports, live entertainment, and hospitality industries. OVG is world-renowned as the leading full-service live entertainment and hospitality group, with 10 major new arenas either open or under development including Climate Pledge Arena at Seattle Center; UBS Arena in Belmont Park, NY; Moody Center in Austin, TX; Acrisure Arena in Greater Palm Springs, CA; and CFG Bank Arena in Baltimore, MD; as well as arena development projects for Co-op Live in Manchester, UK; Anhembi Arena in São Paulo, Brazil; FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton, ON; a New Arena and entertainment district in Las Vegas, NV; and a New Arena in Cardiff, Wales. OVG360 is a full-service venue management, hospitality solutions, and venue services company partnering with arenas, stadiums, performing arts centers, culture institutions, and convention centers worldwide. More information at OakViewGroup.com, and follow OVG on Facebook, Instagram, X, and LinkedIn.