Finals of the 2012 Grand National Curling Club College Championship- December 12, 2012 (photo courtesty of Monica Walker)
College Curling USA has two primary goals, promoting the development of curling clubs in a college/university environment and encouraging these clubs to meet and compete on a regular basis. Our long-term goal is to see curling transition to a varsity-level sport at colleges and universities.
US College Curling Nationals- The Past
Prior to this year, the US College Curling National Championships were funded through the Illinois Curling Foundation by the Chicago Community Trust. It was a one-off, "open" event, meaning you did not have to qualify to enter. This 20-year long tradition was highly influential in promoting college curling in the US. Unfortunately last year, funding from the Trust for this event became unavailable and the event ceased.
US College Curling Nationals- The FUTURE
This year, the US College Curling Nationals has undergone a change. The event is now smaller, merit-based and run by College Curling USA. Schools, rather than individual curling teams, must now earn spots in the competition.
Schools around the US are currently competing to receive an invitation to the nationals. As a result, more colleges than ever before are curling throughout the season. With this new format, College Curling USA is growing the sport of curling at the college level at unprecedented rates.
During the autumn of 2012, over 25 colleges and universities competed against each other in 5 "college only" bonspiels. More are planned for the early 2013, and many schools are beginning to compete on a head-to-head basis.
For full details on the current college curling standings and the future of college curling, please visit our website www.collegecurlingusa.org.
2013 US College Curling Championship
This year's US College Curling Championship will take place at the Duluth Curling Club in Minnesota, the weekend of March 8-10.
What We Need
With the funding from the Illinois Curling Foundation gone, College Curling USA is requesting donations to cover the costs associated with the 2013 Championship event. The ice time for this year's event is already paid. We are looking for funds to assist the ATHLETES with the costs they will face while participating in this event. These costs include hotel rooms and meals in Duluth as well as travel stipends to get to the Championships.
Sixteen teams will compete, coming from as far away as New England and Tennessee. Because this is an invitational event and participating schools EARN this invitation, we feel student costs should be as minimal as possible.
We also need funds to reserve ice for the 2014 US College Curling Championship (site to be determined, likely on the East Coast).
ANY MONIES IN EXCESS OF OUR GOAL will be set aside as an endowment to help fund future US College Curling Championships.
What You Get
For small/intermediate donations, we have a great selection of US Curling Association branded items. PICTURES OF THE MUG AND T-SHIRTS CAN BE VIEWED IN THE GALLERY TAB.
For large donations, you or your organization will be listed as "Sponsored by" on all event materials. This recognition includes banners that will be given to the four finalist schools, which will be hung at their home curling facility.
We are open to incorporating an individual or organizational into the name of the event for a donation significantly more than a sponsor level or for a long-term financial committment to the event (e.g. 2013 YOUR NAME US College Curling Championship).
Why College Curling is Important
College Curling fills the gap between Junior Curling and Elite Curling. Many curlers who are successful at the Junior level, or are simply just starting to enjoy the game, find that there are limited options for them after they leave high school. By expanding the sport at the college level we keep these valued athletes involved in the game while they further their education.
In addition, campus curling at the "club" level represents an opportunity for many to try curling for the first time. For students who did not have the opportunity to curl before, college curling opens the door to the sport, which they carry into their post-college life.
It is clear that college curling is an invaluable experience for many adult curlers of the future, and your donation to the US College Curling Championship helps keep that experience open and active.
US Curling Association- Director for College Curling