Fencing Lessons And Classes For All Ages

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About Us

Mission statement

The Northwest Arkansas Fencing Center and Foundation’s mission is to provide training and fitness, self-discipline, and focus that enriches every aspect of our students’ lives through the sport of fencing. Our year-round programs offer both competitive and recreational fencing opportunities for youths and adults of all socio-economic backgrounds.

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The Northwest Arkansas Fencing Center and Foundation are in the business of changing and enhancing lives through youth development and sports with the medium to long-term goal of enhancing secondary education opportunities.

We are not simply a sporting program. Fencing is a sport steeped in traditions of honor and respect. The NWAFC strives to enhance this through a positive, highly structured after-school development and training programs that build self-esteem while teaching positive character traits such as self-discipline, responsibility, respect and dedication. Our programs also provide a social, athletic and goal-oriented outlet for adults including both competitive and non-competitive athletes.

NWAFC, founded by Laura and Rick Kirk in 2010, serves all of Northwest Arkansas and surrounding areas with fencing programs for athletes of all ages and socioeconomic statuses. NWA Fencing is located in Rogers, AR.

All revenues are directed toward the facility, administrative costs, equipment costs, and support the foundation.

NWAFC’s nonprofit arm is Northwest Arkansas Fencing Foundation which is a 501(c)3 Corporation committed to offering life-changing opportunities to Northwest Arkansas youth in the areas of higher education, college scholarships, nutrition education and obesity prevention, through the sport of fencing.

NWAFF has served more than 1,000 children ages 6 to 18, including children while they are residing at the NWA Children’s Shelter, children participating in Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and children qualified for school free and reduced lunch programs.

The money raised through the foundation makes it possible for students of all socio-economic backgrounds to participate in fencing.

What can your donation do? 

Each contribution has a direct impact on our efforts to increase participation and to provide programs for our community. A donation of money, services/equipment or internships is a terrifically rewarding way to help us continue making a difference in the lives of Benton and Washington County children. Your donation is fully tax deductible.

  • $25 – pays for one private lesson for a full scholarship student.
  • $75 – pays for one child to participate in a group fencing class weekly for one month.
  • $100 – pays for a month of private lessons for one scholarship student.
  • $450 – pays for a uniform and all equipment for one scholarship student.
  • $2,500 – pays for a month’s rent for the fencing facility.
  • $5,000 – covers 1/12th the annual cost to prepare full scholarship recipients for National competition.

Our Board

Joshua Tims – Secretary (Walmart, Sr. Manager – Realty Compliance Safety).
Barney Kunkel – Treasurer
Dan Curriden – Board Member (Direct Marketing Specialist)
Rick Kirk – Board Member (JUUL Labs, Inc., Director of Walmart Inc.)
Henry Alvarado – Board Member (Tzeng Shyng Industries, Vice President of Sales)
Gavin Bailey – Board Advisor (Walmart Director of Responsible Sourcing)



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