The Triangle Curling Club
Since 1995 the Triangle Curling Club of North Carolina has been an arena curling club. During these past 18 years the club has been playing on hockey ice when available and now it’s time to grow. Since its beginning the TCC has grown from 15 curlers and maybe 1- 5 games per year to almost 80 curlers and two nights a week, but we are at the maximum number of players we can accommodate and need more time and space to grow the sport.
The club has purchased land in Durham, North Carolina and is now raising funds to build the first dedicated curling facility in the Southeast. We need your help. Along with raising funds for the building itself, we also need to raise money to get the equipment needed to run Learn to Curl classes for all ages and abilities. With the 2014 Sochi Olympics fast approaching the club is gearing up for the next influx of people who watch curling on TV and want to try it. During the 2010 Olympics 700 people tried curling during our 3 open houses. We expect the interest in curling to double or triple in 2014.
How You Can Help
Your funds will be used to purchase:
- Grippers to prevent slipping on the ice (60 @ $15.00)
- Sliders, used when throwing the rock (30 @ $15.00)
- Brooms used for sweeping rocks during play and balance ( 32 @$80.00)
- Throwing sticks (for disabled and wheelchair) (8 @ $100.00)
- "Little Rocks". Normal curling rocks are 42 lbs., which is too heavy for most children under 11, little rocks are 21 lbs and give them a start on curling (16 @ $350.00)
- Various other teaching and safety aids
Once the building is finished we will begin reaching out to schools and organizations to offer programs to teach the sport of curling. We have already started collaborating with the Bridge II Sports organization (which specializes in adaptive sports) to offer wheelchair Curling. Your contribution will not go to waste as we will still purchase what we can and extra donations will be used to give those who cannot afford to play a chance to try the sport.
For those donating $10 -100 we offer a token of our thanks with Keychains, Flashlights or can coolers. For those offering $250.00 your name will be forever etched in brick in our "Founders Walk". For $1000.00 or $5,000.00 we offer free Learn to Curl sessions or a free 2 hour event for you and 31 other people.
The Club will be located at the northern tip of Research Triangle Park and is almost geographically at the center between Duke, the University of North Carolina, and North Carolina State universities. This will give us a great opportunity to introduce curling to these 3 great institutions and offer them a chance to play out their rivalries on the ice.
Since the 2010 Olympics the Southeast has seen a large growth in curlers and curling clubs with new clubs in Wilmington and Charlotte NC, Greenville SC, and Atlanta., GA. With so many curlers in close proximity we will see the continued growth of curling and the need for more training and good facilities.
The Olympics showcasing curling on TV raises the question of what chance do you have of making the Olympics? Well, we are now going to present the following argument: out of all the Olympic sports, curling offers your best opportunity for you, or your kids, to make the Olympic Games. Here is our reasoning:
There are many more gymnasts than there are curlers in the United States, for example. The Olympics sports you're probably most familiar with are also quite popular in this country. Let's do the math: if you want to become an Olympic figure skater or swimmer, then you're vying for one of only a handful of spots out of the millions of prospective figure skaters and swimmers there are in the United States. Long odds indeed! At last count, there were about 16,000 curlers in the United States. Ten of those represent the United States every four years at the Winter Olympics. (That includes alternates. They get medals, too!) Those may still sound like long odds, but as far as competing in the Olympic games, you're not going to get better odds than that.
The TCC is a 501(c)(3) not for profit, any and all donations are welcome.