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Your support continues to help grow the sport we all love

By Courtney Schmidt, Chairwoman, USCA Board of Directors

know that there are many ready to start the ice- making process, begin learn to curl events and hit the bonspiel circuit. Te excitement and energy from the awesome


success at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games and World Championships has ensured that curling in the United States is in the midst of an unprec- edented growth mode. Tis success has brought immense opportunities at the club, regional and national level of our sport. Te time is now to harness this success to ensure we are all good stewards of USA Curling. In the coming year, USA Curling will be ex-

panding existing programs and implementing new ones which directly support the grassroots activities of curling clubs around the country, including the new developing clubs. Specifically,


ho else is ready to start the curl- ing season? Although some of you have been curling all summer, I

the 2019 budget identifies funding for the follow- ing programs: • New club development kit with stones and other equipment

• WCF Stone Loan program support • More sport education programs in of- ficiating, instruction, coaching, and ice making

• Additional webstreaming equipment and national event coverage

• Fiſth “Curling Night in America” TV se- ries

• Nielsen Media Research fan demograph- ic project, to be shared with membership

• Additional ice scraper for USCA icemak- er use at Club and Arena National Cham- pionships, among other events

• Fiſth annual Members’ Assembly • Continued U.S. Curling News magazine and digital publishing

• SafeSport Center and SafeSport program investment (Olympic community’s initia- tive to recognize, reduce and respond to misconduct in sport.)

• Increased annual investment in the ju- nior athlete development program

It is with great honor that I am able to be your USCA Board of Directors Chairwoman as we en-

ter this thrilling time. A huge thank you to Rich Lepping, outgoing chairman. I am looking for- ward to building on his success, especially as the board and staff are expecting the organization’s membership to increase at a faster rate than it has ever experienced. With this grassroots expan- sion of curling throughout the U.S., this presents more opportunities to support new and growing clubs. We want to be there for you with the sup- port you need. We have such an amazing group of volunteers

committed to grow the sport we all love … at all levels of play. Without the amazing dedication of volunteers in our sport, we would not be able to support the success of our high performance and junior athletes, our national championship events, corporate and learn to curl events, bon- spiels and programming at all levels. Te next time you are at an event, please thank a volun- teer. Tey are the heart and soul of this organiza- tion. Tank you for all that you do for the sport we all love. Q

Coming soon! Tabletop Curling

Recipients of the Katie Beck Memorial Fund’s “Spirit of Curling” awards at the Midwest Junior Camp this summer were (front, l-r) Natalie Hol- lands of the Bowling Green Curling Club, Sophia Ryhorchuk of the Four Seasons Curling Club, and Abigail Page (back, leſt) of the Mankato Curling Club, and were presented by Dan Lieburn (back, right), camp director.

Game will feature the U.S. Olympic Men’s Curling Gold Medalists. On sale exclusively this fall at TJ Maxx!!

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