By Bryan Richards
Shouts of “Sweep! Sweep!” echo across the ice as men and women of all ages and skill levels furiously swing their brooms back and forth, clearing a path to guide the stone to its target. The intense moment is followed by an uproar of celebration as the opposing team’s stone is “taken out” in a strategic curling move. It’s perhaps a sporting moment you’ve imagined experiencing after seeing it unfold on the big screen during the Winter Olympic Games. But what you may have never imagined is that the dream is something you can live out right here in Charlotte. In fact, the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver inspired the founders of the Charlotte Curling Association to launch the concept in the Queen City.
The Charlotte Curling Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to growing the sport in the South. Though it operates as a private club, the spot offers several opportunities for locals and visitors to find out if they have what it takes to become Olympic curlers. The club’s next Learn to Curl membership drive runs from Jan. 14 through 26. Each night, the club will offer a two-hour long class that teaches the fundamentals of curling. The classes end with a friendly match against your classmates and post-session beers in the “warm room.” The club also offers Learn to Curl sessions on select Saturdays each month; the full schedule can be found at charlottecurling.com. Ice warriors of all ages and athletic abilities are encouraged to participate.
To plan your weekend of fun at Charlotte Curling Club, visit charlottecurling.com
This article ran in the November 2016 issue of Charlotte Happenings.