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GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT // REPORTS FROM THE WARM ROOM


USA Curling helping clubs prepare for February 2018


By Kim Nawyn, Director of Growth & Development, kim.nawyn@usacurl.org


eongChang next February. In March, USA Curl- ing began distributing a limited edition monthly e-newsletter titled, “Preparing for the Olympic Winter Games 2018.” Te e-newsletter features an assortment of helpful information, including tips about capitalizing on the public’s interest in the sport, with a focus on recruiting and retain- ing new members. Among other topics, discus- sions about recruiting and retention also will oc- cur at the Business of Curling Symposiums to be held in Connecticut and Ohio this summer, and at the Members’ Assembly, which will take place in Minnesota this autumn. As volunteers are needed to help run club re-


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cruiting events, USA Curling is also preparing to help clubs increase the pool of curlers who are able to introduce the sport to members of the public. Te focus of the Level I Instructor Program is on teaching the sport in a safe, fun and effective manner. Te organization is work- ing to bring this program to all regions during the 2017-18 season; clubs should contact Christy Hering at christy.hering@usacurl.org with spe- cific requests to host courses. Also, keep an eye out for the recently redeveloped Level II Instruc- tor course. Te Level II course is geared toward helping instructors improve the skills of club members who have curled for several years. Tis focus is particularly relevant to club retention ef- forts in the years following the Olympic Winter Games. Te Darwin Curtis Fund Grant Program


provides matching grants for club growth ini- tiatives. Te program will provide $25,000 in matching grant funds during the 2017-18 sea- son for efforts geared toward increasing public participation in the sport of curling. Examples of eligible programs include, but are not lim- ited to, Olympic outreach efforts, development of programs for youth or other underrepresented groups, and purchase of new equipment. For


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variety of USA Curling member pro- grams can help clubs with planning for the Olympic Winter Games in Py-


SAVE THE DATES


Business of Curling Symposium June 3-4, 2017


Nutmeg Curling Club Bridgeport, Conn.


Business of Curling Symposium July 29-30, 2017


Bowling Green Curing Club Bowling Green, Ohio


Members’ Assembly Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2017 Hilton Minneapolis/


St. Paul Mall of the America, Bloomington, Minnesota St. Paul Curling Club, St. Paul, Minn.


more information, check out the Darwin Curtis Grant Fund page on the USA Curling website, www.usacurl.org. Applications for funding are due in early June. For clubs interested in teaching local youth


about the sport, participating in Olympic Day is a great way to kick off outreach for the 2017-18 curling season. Olympic Day falls on June 23, but organizations may hold an event any time during the month of June. Clubs can host a small event in conjunction with a local community group or consider joining a larger, existing Olympic Day celebration. Curling in the Gym sessions can also be set up for the next school year in order to encourage more interest in the sport from area elementary and middle school children. USA Curling loans equipment, which can be used for both programs, to member clubs at no charge. USA Curling and Learn to Curl brochures are also available for use at such events at no charge. Contact Kim Nawyn at kim.nawyn@usacurl.org for more information about these programs and resources. Your national organization also has a number


of new initiatives in the works to help bring more attention to clubs from members of the public


throughout the 2017-18 season. In addition, the organization is continuing to grow its Sport Ed- ucation offerings. Official announcements about these new programs and initiatives, including a new coaching seminar, will be made during the upcoming months. Additional Member Program Updates Club calendar: Photo submissions are cur-


rently being accepted for the 2017-18 club cal- endar. Please email images to Christy Hering at christy.hering@usacurl.org by early June 2017. Olympic pin design: USA Curling invites all


members to submit designs for consideration as the official USA Curling pin honoring the sport’s participation in the Olympic Winter Games 2018. Te Games, featuring men’s, women’s and mixed doubles curling, will take place in PyeongChang, South Korea. All designs must be received at the USA Curling office no later than 5 p.m. CDT on June 29. Volunteer of the Year Award: Nominations


are currently being accepted for the 2017 award. Primary consideration will be given to volunteer work performed by nominees in their home clubs during the 2016-17 season. Completed nomina- tions must be submitted to USA Curling by 5 p.m. CDT on July 14 to be eligible for consider- ation. Q


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