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Sept. 28, 2018
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.
What happened in the previous two weeks:
Events/Sport Education
• The Portage (Wis.) Curling Club will be hosting the 2019 Senior Women’s Nationals, Feb. 27-March 3.
• Six women’s and six men’s teams registered for the first Junior National Qualification Bonspiel, taking place Oct. 12-14 at Dakota Curling in Lakeville, Minn. Two teams from each gender will qualify from here for the 2019 Junior Nationals.
• Bids are now being accepted for hosting the 2020 Arena National Championships.
• I had a call with leaders of the Olympic Regional Development Authority in Lake Placid, N.Y., to provide input on the potential development of a dedicated curling facility in that area and other items related to curling for the 2023 Winter World University Games being hosted by Lake Placid.
• Ticket sales are picking up again for the 2019 WFG Continental Cup of Curling in Las Vegas, with 1,200 full-event passes now sold. The complete lineup of teams and some format changes have also been announced.

Competitive Programs
• The HPP teams led by Jamie Sinclair and Nina Roth are competing in the Princess Auto Elite 10 grand slam event in Chatham, Ontario.
• The Junior HPP teams led by Annmarie Dubberstein and Mark Fenner were runners-up in World Curling Tour events.
• The Junior HPP team led by Chase Sinnett won the Ontario Junior Curling Tour’s Stu Sells Junior Tankard in Toronto, and the Junior HPP team led by Andrew Stopera (with Luc Violette skipping in this event) finished fourth.
• The USA mixed doubles team of Sarah Anderson and Korey Dropkin was the runner-up in the inaugural Curling World Cup in Suzhou, China, going 6-0 in the round robin before losing to Canada in the final. The duo also finished third the week prior in the Audi quattro New Zealand Winter Games.
• USA’s Nina Roth team finished second in its pool in the Curling World Cup, at 3-3. The men’s team skipped by Rich Ruohonen started off strong by upsetting reigning world champion Sweden, but ultimately finished 2-4 in the round robin.

Grants/Sponsorship/Revenue Development
• Many of the 21 junior athletes in the Developmental Pool will be doing a tour and workout with USA Curling athletic trainer Michael Gulenchyn at sponsor Twin Cities Orthopedics Training Haus in Minneapolis on Oct. 5. The workout will consist of dynamic warmups designed for small and large areas for the athletes to learn for pre-game routines.
• Hawley MacLean and I had another conversation with Carhartt as we try to increase their sponsorship support of USA Curling. We will be following up with additional concept ideas and are pressing for an in-person meeting with Carhartt executives this fall.
• An initial historical ratings analysis has been received from Nielsen Media Research as part of the project we have contracted with them for. This will be shared with the Board and membership after a review call has been held (scheduled for next week) and some additional information is received.
• I had a good discussion with YSC Sports Marketing to explore ways this company may be able to help with donor and sponsor solicitation for USA Curling, and am currently reviewing a follow-up proposal. I was introduced to the company via Chris Dey, the entrepreneur who helped us establish the Hawaii Charity Curling Classic, which has raised $125,000 for USA Curling in the past five years.

Inside the Curling World
• Auditors from CliftonLarsonAllen have been in the national office all week conducting field work for the annual USCA audit.
• Tom Violette, Warren Hansen, Shawn Olesen and I conducted a site visit in Kalamazoo, Mich., Monday-Tuesday to continue planning for the 2019 Men’s and Women’s Nationals.
• Chairwoman Courtney Schmidt, USOC AAC representative Dean Gemmell and I attended the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Assembly in Colorado Springs.
What’s up next week:
• Sixth annual Hawaii Charity Curling Classic, Honolulu, Wednesday-Thursday.
• U.S. Olympic Committee SportsLink and Best Practices seminar, Louisville, Tuesday – Friday.
What’s coming two weeks from now (Oct. 6-12, 2018):
• USCA Fall Board of Directors Meeting and Members’ Assembly, Albany, N.Y., Oct. 12-14.
• First episode of the fifth series of Curling Night in America on NBC Sports Network, Oct. 12.
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