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March 15, 2019
 
Dear USCA Member Clubs, States and Regions,

Here is the next edition of USCA Tapas for your information and sharing with your membership. Have a good weekend, and Happy St. Patrick’s Day.
 
Rick
 
What happened in the previous two weeks:
 
Inside the world of curling
• Nominations are now being taken for the USA Curling Volunteer of the Year award.
• If curling in Hawaii is on your bucket list, don’t forget to register soon for Curling With Aloha.
• Kim Nawyn has accepted a new job at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and will be leaving her position as USA Curling Growth and Development Director at the end of March. Among her many accomplishments in seven years here, Kim developed and launched the annual Members’ Assembly and has been instrumental in creating the SafeSport program, policies and education materials, and ensuring compliance with federal and USOC regulations. We will begin the search to hire a replacement very soon.
• Norway’s Dordi Nordby, the late Michael Burns Sr. of Canada, and Scotland’s Mike Thomson will be inducted into the WCF’s Hall of Fame in 2019.
 
Communications/PR
• NBC networks will be broadcasting live and live streaming all 12 of USA’s round robin games from the World Women’s Championship starting Saturday in Silkeborg, Denmark, as well as the semifinals and medal games, either on The Olympic Channel or NBCSN.
• USA Curling’s new Hit, Draw, Tap program –in collaboration with Curling Canada—is designed to introduce young curlers to competition in a positive environment that does not require travel outside of the home club. The competition is open to all youth ages 6-16 who participate in USA Curling member clubs. Clubs that register now for a pilot program will be entered into a drawing for free youth equipment.
 
Competitive Programs
• Team USA lost an extra-end heartbreaker as the round-robin concluded at the World Wheelchair Curling Championship, and thus finished in 11th place. This means USA will join Canada and Germany in the World Wheelchair B Championship in Lohja, Finland, Nov. 28-Dec. 2, and must finish in the top three there to qualify for the main event again in 2020.
• The Cory Christensen and John Shuster team won the Mixed Doubles Nationals and will represent USA in the World Mixed Doubles Championship in Stavanger, Norway.
• The 2022 U.S. Olympic Team Selection Procedures for Mixed Doubles have been published.
• USA has been invited to send a women’s and mixed doubles team to the final Curling World Cup of the season, being held in Beijing in May. In addition to the men’s team led by John Shuster that qualified previously by winning the Curling World Cup in Omaha, the other teams selected to compete are the women’s team led by Nina Roth, and the mixed doubles team of Sarah Anderson and Korey Dropkin.
 
Grants/Sponsorship/Revenue Development
• Athletes Nina Roth and Kroy Nernberger joined me at an introductory partnership discussion with Duluth Trading Co.
• The executive group for the 2019 WFG Continental Cup of Curling met to review the current financial status, and it is looking like the event may be profitable after all.
• Tyler George and I participated in the Toyota Olympic Day celebrations in Plano, Texas. While there we also visited with members of the Dallas-Fort Worth Curling Club.
• Several more companies have expressed interest with our sponsor sales agency, YSC Marketing, in learning more about opportunities with USA Curling. We’ll be having another call with a company in the beer business.
 
Events/Sport Education
• Live web streams are being provided from the Club Nationals at Dakota Curling Club. The semifinals begin tonight, and the medal games are on Saturday.
• A North Dakota State team with an eight-person rotation captured the College National Championship title at Broomstones Curling Club.
• The Margie Smith and Geoff Goodland teams won the Senior National Championship titles and will represent USA in the World Senior Championships in Stavanger, Norway.
• The USA team led by Andrew Stopera finished 3-6 in pool play in Winter World University Games in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, and did not advance to the playoff rounds.

What’s up next week:
• USA Curling U18 Championships continue through Sunday in Chaska, Minn.
• World Women’s Curling Championship, Saturday through March 24, Silkeborg, Denmark.
• WCF Open Meetings, March 22-23, Silkeborg, Denmark.
 
What’s coming two weeks from now (March 23-29, 2019):
• Mixed National Championship, March 24-30, Denver.
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