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Improving lives through fencing.

Research shows that participation in sport and physical activity leads to improved levels of physical health and well-being, general mood, self-confidence, social awareness, and self-esteem.

Fencing teaches life skills to empower participants and help them to continue to adapt to a constantly changing world.

Our Hope

Not everyone has the opportunity to explore the benefits and enjoyment of sports. It can be due to financial hardship, disability, or unawareness. Our goal is to provide opportunity to those that would otherwise not have the chance to try fencing. Our focus is on those from the Columbus area community.

We offer after-school programs, provide scholarship for challenged athletes, work with students across the Autism spectrum, and those with physical disabilities through our Rose & Gold programs and the Sword Wheelers wheelchair fencing program.




Table Tennis

are all more dangerous than fencing according to a Scientific American study.

Fencing is consistently one of the top three safest sports. The most dangerous? Football. Soccer. Basketball.

Fencing As Recovery

Fencing is often used as off-season training for athletes from other sports. It can also be used for physical recovery from lower body injuries, the most common athletic injuries.

Wheelchair fencing provides opportunities for individuals to train and rehabilitate in a wheelchair while protecting their injury.

Wheelchair fencing is for short and long-term injury and the permanently disabled.

It’s Exciting, Dynamic, and Fast.

Fencing Disabled

Fencing is for the wheelchair bound, amputees, veterans, and many other disabilities.

The Rose & Gold Foundation is leading the charge to bring wheelchair fencing to central Ohio. The Royal Arts Fencing Academy coaches actively participate in the community to further education on the special needs of the wheelchair bound fencer. The name of our group is the Ohio Sword Wheelers.

of all personal bankruptcies in 2007 had medical problems as their primary cause.

Wheelchair Fencing


The year wheelchair fencing was introduced in international competition.


Since the Paralympic Games in Barcelona in 1992, growth in participants and opportunity has more than doubled.

A Worldwide Movement


There are two classes of athletes who can compete.

Class A consists of athletes who can stay balanced sitting in the chair without support.

Class B consists of athletes who need added support in order to maintain balance while sitting in the wheelchair.

Wheelchair Fencers are not Wheelchair Bound

Wheelchair-bound fencers only make up a portion of the total wheelchair population. Anyone with a permanent disability can compete internationally in wheelchair. Many can walk.


The blind can fence, too. Certain Olympic weapons rely heavily on the feeling of the opponents blade and leveraging touch and pressure to score to a target that is always right in front of you.

Able-bodied fencers frequently take blind-folded lessons to develop that skill.

Foil Aging

A 2012 study showed that the constant movement and adaptation to changes in fencing may counter age-related breakdowns in learning, memory, and processing speeds. It improves cognitive functions such as attention and processing, which naturally decline with age. Further, the high demand on visual attention and flexibility can prolong life.


Fencing is a highly visual sport. The sport has visual cues for all actions from a referee and fencing lessons are heavily visual in order to train appropriate reactions in athletes.


Veterans seeking recovery and/or a physical outlet can turn to fencing. In addition to the physical and mental benefits, veterans will appreciate the discipline and structure of the sport.


We only hold the weapon with one hand. We have wheelchair fencing for lower body amputees. Fencing is one of the few sports where amputees can excel.

Spinal Cord Injury

Wheelchair fencing can help those with spinal cord injuries to regain some mobility and continue to develop. Many wheelchair athletes find an improved condition and mobility after training for some time.

Disease Recovery

Fencing is restorative, gives confidence, and can greatly aid in recovery from accidents as well as disease. This sport is a great recovery program under the guidance of your doctors and our coaches.

Autism Spectrum

The one on one nature of fencing allows the student on the Autism spectrum to process the information in front of them in their own way. Many find the uniform comforting.

Fencing is the Art of Living

Julia Richey, Head Coach


years on the Russian National Team


years providing personal and rehabilitative training.

The Rose and Gold Foundation was formed to meet the need to support youth and adult fencing athletes. Board member and owner of Royal Arts Fencing Academy Julia Richey, brought her passion, vision, and experience to Rose and Gold. Through her, the greater needs of the community have been brought to the forefront of our minds as an urgent call to action.

As a physical therapist, Julia has worked with the disabled and witnessed first hand the benefits. She has personally experienced what medical professionals and scientists have documented in research: sports benefit the disabled and their communities. She knows that, by providing opportunities for a person to focus on his/her abilities, positive change happen. Her passion and vision have enveloped Rose and Gold.

We use our resources along with our partners to provide opportunities for an underrepresented portion of our population and to educate the community about what we are able to do when we work together.

What Will You Do?

Please help us to improve lives through fencing. Your support will help to continue to support Rose & Gold programs and develop opportunity for the undeserved. Please consider giving today.

Royal Arts Sport Fencing Academy provides training for competitive and recreational fencers. The team at Royal Arts has produced National and World Champions. Royal Arts and the Rose & Gold Foundation together present unique qualifications to help improve lives through fencing.

since 2001


The number of years our staff has in combined teaching.

We have half a century of fencing experience as coaches, athletes, and competitors.

Showing the World

Through our partnership with the Arnold Sports Festival, the Rose & Gold Foundation hosts The Arnold Fencing Classic. This tournament allows us to showcase our sport in front of 180,000 spectators and 19,000 athletes at the largest multi-sport festival in the world.

Help us to open the doors and allow the world to see the opporutnity they've been missing by sponsoring the Arnold.

Support the Arnold

Empty rooms can’t change lives. Please help to support the Rose & Gold Foundation so we can fill this room with fencers, and nurture their potential, hopes, and dreams. Touch a life for good.

The Rose & Gold Foundation

5770 Westbourne Ave

Columbus, Ohio 43213

PH: 614-330-2445


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