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Aug. 31, 2018
 
Dear USCA Directors, Committee Members and Staff,
 
Here is the latest edition of Friday Tapas. Have a good Labor Day weekend.
 
Rick
 
What happened this week:
 
Grants/Sponsorship/Revenue Development
• Our new partnership with Twin Cities Orthopedics has been officially announced. USA Curling HPP athletes toured TCO’s Training Haus last week, and 50 TCO employees attended Curling Night in America in Chaska.
• Several members of The Granite Society enjoyed a VIP experience and dinner with members of the 2018 Olympic gold medallist team and also a junior HPP team during the staging of Curling Night in America in Chaska.
• One of the nine spirit/brewery companies approached for sponsorship interest in collaboration with 21 Marketing has responded with interest, and we are working to schedule an initial discussion.

Events/Sport Education
• The fifth running of Curling Night in America was completed at the Chaska Curling Center. From this made-for-TV event, nine 2-hour programs will be produced and aired on NBC Sports Network on Friday nights beginning Oct. 12 and continuing into December.
• All event sales for the Omaha leg of the new Curling World Cup will go on sale Sept. 4.
• The 2019 Curling Night with the Minnesota Wild has been set for Feb. 17, in a game against the St. Louis Blues.
Inside the Curling World
• Registration is now open for volunteers interested in supporting the 2019 WFG Continental Cup of Curling in Las Vegas, Jan. 17-20.
• The Czech Republic’s Jiri Snitil has been appointed as the newest WCF Competitions and Development Officer.
• The WCF has announced that Mexico will host the 2019 Congress, the first major curling event to be held in this country.
• Early registration has been strong for the 2018 USA Curling Members’ Assembly taking place in Albany, N.Y., Oct. 12-14.
• The USA Curling National Office will be closed on Monday in observance of Labor Day.

Competitive Programs
• The USA mixed doubles team of Sarah Anderson and Korey Dropkin defeated Norway to win bronze in the Audi quattro New Zealand Winter Games. Canada, which edged USA in the semifinals, won gold while Scotland took silver.
• The John Shuster team finished second and the Cory Christensen team finished third in the Goldline Icebreaker in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
• Qualification processes for 2019 World events, as well as consideration points for the 2022 Olympic Team Trials, have been announced.

What’s up next week:
• World Curling Federation Congress, Thursday - Sunday, Budapest, Hungary.
 
What’s coming two weeks from now (Sept. 8-14, 2018):
• Level I Ice Tech Course, Sept. 8, Beaverton, Ore.
• Many Learn to Curl events at USCA member clubs around the nation.
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