Curling is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States. Since reinstatement as an Olympic sport in 1998, access to casual and competetive curling leagues has steadily grown across the country, buoyed by television coverage (including Winter Olympics and NBCSN's Curling Night in America series) and accelerated by the US Men's team's 2018 Olympic gold medal finish.
The Kansas City Curling Club (KCCC) is a 501(c)(3) organization with over 15 years of continuous operation providing casual and competetive curling programs to the Kansas City metropolitan area in partnership with local ice arenas. In addition to providing weekly Learn-to-Curl instruction and Saturday/Sunday leagues, the club provides support for local individuals competing in national competitions (including Arena Nationals and the US Senior National Championships), and collaborates with Midwest regional curling clubs through annual bonspiels (curling tournaments). Accomplishments include the 2017 Women's team winning silver medal in Arena Nationals.
As the club has grown, splitting ice time with other winter sports programs (e.g. hockey, figure skating, etc.) presents scheduling problems that have put a cap on our growth potential. Additionally, playing on arena ice presents challenges in maintaining optimal ice conditions conducive to a pleasurable and competitive experience. To grow and expand the sport in the Midwest, the club is ready to move to the next level by constructing a facility dedicated exclusively to the sport of curling. A dedicated curling center will provide first-class conditions seven days/week for league competition, tournaments, training, youth programs, and membership growth, as well as opportunity to promote and host US national events. This facility would be the first of its kind within a 350 mile radius of Kansas City.
The club has reached preliminary agreements to rent a facility in the Blue Springs area to convert into a curling facility, and is actively working with contractors on ice and warm room blueprints, targeting Fall 2020 for league play. To ensure a sustainable 5-year business plan, we are asking Kansas City area residents, the national and international curling communities, and philanthropists to help the club raise $100,000 dollars to maximize the success of the project. Your tax-deductible donation will be recognized as a Friend of the Club, and will help grow the sport of curling across all age groups in the Kansas City metro area and broader Midwest America. Thank you, and good curling!