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Fencers, Family & Friends,Thank you for all of your support last season! We raised over $20,000 towards fencing travel grants of which we have paid out $17,000. Our grant support helped athletes compete at World Cups when they did not have the means to attend. Because of this support, our sponsored athletes made top 16's and top 32nds in the world in both Senior World Cups and Grand Prix. Five senior athletes will be receiving travel grants to help them fund their trips to all senior world team qualifying events.Jackie Dubrovich ended the season ranked 5th in Senior US National Points just 645 points from making the team. Just one more top 32 at a world cup would have qualified her. Next year both Jackie and Brian Kaneshige, who ended this season ranked 6th in Senior Mens foil, will be receiving travel grants from the PDFF to cover all of their world cup travel. Both of their goals are to make the Toyko Olympic camps in 2020.Where: Regis High School 85th Street between Madison & Park
When: 1pm-4pmHelp support our cause!We are hosting a 5K in Central Park May 31st @ Regis High School on the upper east side. Last year as a newly founded organization we raised $9,500 and this year we are hoping to raising $25,000 or more!Thank you all for your support! We are very excited about the run...Patrick
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The Patrick Durkan Fencing Foundation’s mission is to empower youth to develop respect, confidence, discipline, and achieve significance in life through success in the sport of fencing. The PDFF’s ultimate goal is to educate the athlete both intellectually and physically especially those with financial barriers.
To date, the Patrick Durkan Fencing Foundation has awarded over $90,000 in travel grants to US Fencers in Foil, Epee and Sabre. With the help of the foundation, our sponsored athletes have made Junior and Senior US Teams and Qualified for the Rio Olympic Games.
The Patrick Durkan Fencing Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. You donation is 100% tax deductable as allowed by law.
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MISSION STATEMENTThe Patrick Durkan Fencing Foundation's mission is to empower youth to develop respect, confidence, discipline, and achieve significance in life through success in the sport of fencing. The PDFF's ultimate goal is to educate the athlete both intellectually and physically especially those with financial barriers.Last year, Patrick Durkan Fencing Foundation raised over $20,000 to help support US fencers and awarded $19,000 in travel grants.Our grant recipients have had a fantastic season, winning:- Three European Circuit Medals- Junior World Cup Medal- Bronze Medal at Cadet World Cup- a place on the Cadet US TeamTHANK YOU for you support, let's make next year even better!The Patrick Durkan Fencing Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.Core Values:Each of these core values contributes to individual and team success.1.) Respect – Self respect is the first step in having respect for your competitors, coaches, and teammates.2.) Confidence – Through mastery of skills athletes learn they can rely on their trained abilities to achieve desired results.3.) Discipline – A fencing program provides structure that builds a foundation for more advanced skills. There are many steps that must be taken to win a championship and it is easier to reach the top from a strong disciplined foundation.The PDFF's long term mission is to improve the quality of domestic fencing and to produce future Olympic fencing champions. The sport of fencing has provided me with opportunities for personal growth, athletic development, and academic success which I would like to pass on to future generations of young athletes. I started fencing at five years-old and after over 28 years of experience in the sport I know how to give back as a coach and a mentor.My early coaches taught me that first I had to respect myself; my many hours of practice to improve my fencing skills helped me develop discipline; and finally as a confident young adult I could realize my goals including winning multiple national championships and graduating from Columbia University as a four-time All-American.
While in high school, I had the opportunity to travel all over the world representing the USA on nationals teams but I learned just as much about fencing by giving back as a coach of 20 fellow students. As a mentor and coach my students’ successes became as valuable as my own.The PDFF will achieve its mission by:1.) Providing scholarships to assist in eliminating financial barriers for developmental and elite athletes.2.) Establishing a mentorship program where current students foster athletic and personal development in future generations.3.) Teaching our core vales and inspiring young athletes to achieve success in life.4.) Provide structured programming in an environment that trains fencers to advance in life as well as in athletics.The PDFF aspires to help young athletes become champions in all areas of life by providing the resources and environment required to promote success. The Durkan fencing program is built on my years of experience as a fencer and a coach and is instrumental in the development of a respectful, disciplined and confident athlete. These core values will benefit young athletes, both in and out of fencing competitions, as they advance to other achievements throughout life.
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