USA Curling has been awarded a grant from The Chicago Community Trust in support of the growth of the sport in the United States.
Through use of these funds, the organization plans to enhance public awareness of the sport through various outreach efforts that build upon the momentum of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. USA Curling will also continue to focus on growth efforts at the club level including improving training programs and creating resources for emerging clubs.
Funds awarded by The Chicago Community Trust also make the Darwin Curtis Fund Grant Program possible. The program, which is administrated by USA Curling on behalf of The Chicago Community Trust, awarded a total of $20,000 in matching funds through a competitive application process to organizations actively working to increase participation in the sport of curling.
"We are extremely excited about the programs the Darwin Curtis funds will help sponsor this year," said Kim Nawyn, USA Curling's Director of Growth and Development. "Each of the grant awards will contribute to the growth of the sport in curling clubs around the country."
Nine organizations were awarded funds through the competitive application process. Successful applicants include: Centerville Curling Club (dehumidification system); Denver Curling Club (recruitment initiatives for new dedicated curling facility); Kalamazoo Curling Club (youth curling outreach program); Lansing Curling Club (recruitment events for emerging arena club); Madison Curling Club (automatic door openers to enhance accessibility for wheelchair curlers); Midland Curling Club (league for special needs curlers); Orange County Curling Club (freezer for cooling stones); Pittsburgh Curling Club (detailed engineering drawing for new curling facility); and the Schenectady Curling Club (recruitment efforts focused on women and children).
Funds for The Chicago Community Trust grant originate from the Darwin Curtis Fund. Curtis was a prominent Chicago-area curler in the mid-20th century. The proceeds from his bequest must be used for projects intended to increase public participation in curling in the United States. The Trust has awarded grants to the association every year since 2006.
USA Curling currently boasts 165 member clubs in 42 states. USA Curling's membership continues to grow. Since 2001, the association's membership has grown 48 percent and currently has approximately 16,500 members across the United States.
About The Trust
For 98 years, The Chicago Community Trust, our region's community foundation, has connected the generosity of donors with the needs of the community by making grants to organizations working to improve metropolitan Chicago. In 2010 the Trust made over $100 million in grants. From strengthening community schools to assisting local art programs, from building health centers to helping lives affected by violence, the Trust works to enhance our region. Learn more at www.cct.org.
USA Curling is sponsored by AtomAmpd, Nike, Brooms Up Curling Supplies, Sitrin, and The RAM Restaurant & Brewery.
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For more information: Terry Kolesar, USA Curling, firstname.lastname@example.org, 715-344-1199, Ext. 202, or 608-338-9900 (cell).