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Oct. 12, 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.
 
Rick
 
What happened in the previous two weeks:
 
Grants/Sponsorship/Revenue Development
• Members and guests of The Granite Society enjoyed a VIP tour of Carr-Hughes Productions -- the studio producing the Curling Night in America shows for NBC -- followed by dinner in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
• The sixth annual Hawaii Charity Curling Classic took place in Honolulu, featuring Olympians Tyler George and Joe Polo. USCA ice techs David Staveteig and Kevin Madsen worked relentlessly day and night to provide the best possible curling experience for the 120+ participants. After getting the ice ready, David and Kevin also helped out with all of the curlers, and we were thrilled to have Brenda Staveteig also volunteering her time at the multiple curling sessions.
• The Hawaii event raises $25,000 annually for USA Curling, on top of $100,000 for a local charity selected by event backer American Savings Bank (ASB). In addition to the two main fundraising events:
o We also hosted an ASB employee event for 60 people as a warm-up for the fundraisers.
o Tyler and Joe visited with students at Mililani Waena Elementary School, and the students then got an opportunity to curl. See coverage of the school visit on Honolulu’s biggest TV news station, Hawaii News Now.
o Local ABC affiliate KITV also covered the event, including doing several live shots and interviews from the arena the morning of the fundraisers.
o Local Fox affiliate KOHN also did live interviews from the arena.
o Additional coverage included interviews on Hawaii Public Radio and in other local media.
o Sincerely welcomed Seattle Granite curler Dan Ness, who happened to be the one Curling Experience with Aloha registrant who had already booked travel. It was great to have Dan here, and we are working hard to expand this additional engagement opportunity at next year’s Hawaii Charity Curling Classic.

Communications/PR
• The first episode of the fifth series of Curling Night in America on NBC Sports Network airs tonight, at 8 o’clock ET, featuring USA’s men vs. Italy.
• Plans are coming together to have Street Curling featured in the six-week Christkindlmarket in Milwaukee, Wis., this holiday season.
• Chairwoman Courtney Schmidt participated in a Facebook live broadcast with USA Sailing, getting a chance to share some of the exciting things going on in USA Curling.
• I had a call with Nielsen Media Research to review the initial data analysis report. This report will be shared once some follow-up research is completed.
 
Events/Sport Education
• USA’s Evan Workin, Rachel Workin, Jordan Brown and Christina Lammers will begin competition Saturday in the Winn Rentals World Mixed Curling Championship in Kelowna, B.C., Canada.
• Learn more here about the new scramble event at the 2019 WFG Continental Cup of Curling in Las Vegas, in January 2019.

Inside the Curling World
• Three curlers are set to be inducted into USA Curling Hall of Fame.
• The fall Board of Directors meeting and annual Members’ Assembly are taking place in Latham, N.Y.
 
Competitive Programs
• Junior HPP teams led by Annmarie Dubberstein (Portage, Wis.) and Andrew Stopera (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) continued their solid starts to the season by capturing the World Curling Tour event titles at the St. Paul Curling Club.
• The Paralympic program athletes and additional developmental program athletes had a camp at the Denver Curling Club.

What’s up next week:
• Winn Rentals World Mixed Curling Championship, Kelowna, B.C., Canada, continues through Oct. 20.
• Second episode of the fifth series of Curling Night in America on NBC Sports Network, Oct. 19.
 
What’s coming two weeks from now (Oct. 20-26, 2018):
• NGB Council teleconference, Oct. 22.
• Third episode of Curling Night in America on NBC Sports Network, Oct. 26.
 
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