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Feb. 1, 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 Groundhog’s Day!
 
Rick
 
What happened in the previous two weeks:
 
Events/Sport Education
• The field for the 2019 USA Curling Arena Nationals has been expanded by three teams in the women’s division to respond to high interest during the pre-registration period.
• Chairwoman Courtney Schmidt, Olympic gold medalist Tyler George, and Olympian Ann Swisshelm participated in the Detroit Red Wings Winterfest along with Detroit Curling Club members.
• Curling teams are being sought to participate in the Sturgeon Spectacular winterfest activities taking place in Fond du Lac, Wis., Feb. 5-10.
 
Competitive Programs
• The U.S. teams led by Cory Christensen and Mark Fenner, and the mixed doubles team of Becca and Matt Hamilton, are into the second half of round robin play at the third stage of the Curling World Cup in Jonkoping, Sweden. NBCSN and the Olympic Channel are carrying live coverage on TV and via web streams.
• The Cait Flannery and Andrew Stopera teams – both in the Junior HPP – won the Junior Nationals and will represent USA in the World Junior Curling Championships in Liverpool, N.S., Canada.
• Since Stopera’s team was also qualified for the U.S. Men’s Nationals, which conflict with the World Junior Championships, his team has withdrawn from the Men’s Nationals. The Brandon Corbett team will now advance to the Men’s Nationals, as the next qualified team in line.
• The Junior HPP Director selections to finalize the field for the Men’s and Women’s National Championship are the Ariel Traxler and Samuel Strouse teams.
• Team World won the 2019 WFG Continental Cup, ending a six-year losing streak to Team North America.
 
Grants/Sponsorship/Revenue Development
• Toyota has been announced as the newest USA Curling sponsor, in the Mobility category for both the Olympic and Paralympic disciplines.
• The USCA has been awarded $14,000 from the USOC in response to an application we submitted for the 2019 International Relations Grant Program for National Governing Bodies.
• YSC Sports Marketing has received expressions of interest in learning more about sponsor opportunities with USA Curling from five companies responding to an initial outreach to certain targeted categories.
 
Communications/PR
• We are collaborating with U.S. Venture, the Green Bay Curling Club, USA Luge, U.S. Biathlon, and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association to include curling in a multi-sport celebration at Lambeau Field’s new Titletown complex, Feb. 16-17. Paralympian Penny Greely will help represent curling.
 
Inside the world of curling
• Today is national “Get Up” Day, celebrating the spirit of perseverance and inspiration.
• Registration is open for WCF camps and courses in Fuessen, Germany.
• The USCA Board of Directors meeting took place Tuesday. A Town Hall meeting to recap Board meeting items will be held Tuesday, Feb. 19.
• Women’s teams from China and Finland and men’s teams from Korea and The Netherlands qualified for the 2019 World Championships via the inaugural World Qualifying Event in New Zealand.
 
What’s up next week:
• NGB insurance collaboration discussion, Monday.
• YSC Marketing bi-monthly call, Wednesday.
• ACES National events and Membership group meetings (by teleconference), Friday.
 
What’s coming two weeks from now (Feb. 9-15, 2019):
• Women’s/Men’s Nationals, Kalamazoo, Mich., Feb. 9-16.
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