Recreation, Sports, Leisure, Athletics

Pittsburgh Curling Club

  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • www.pittsburghcurlingclub.com

Mission Statement

To teach, develop, promote, and encourage the sport of Curling; to develop youth and adult programs that lead to local, national, and international competition; to coordinate and develop interscholastic competition; and teach the sport to youth organizations as well as to interested adults by creating public awareness and appreciation for the sport.

Main Programs

  1. Learn-to-Curl Sessions
  2. Outreach
  3. Regular League
  4. Tropicurl
  5. Curling Experience

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ruling year

2007

chief executive

Steve Buffington

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Keywords

Curling Olympic Winter Sports

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EIN

76-0707291

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Winter Sports (Snow and Ice) (N68)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

The Pittsburgh Curling Club (PCC) gave curling lessons to over 800 people last year through its popular ""Learn-to-Curl"" and "Curling Experience" programs. There is currently a waiting list of more than 532 people for curling lessons. Since the inception of the PCC, over 5,500 people have been introduced to the sport of curling. The annual summer tournament, Tropicurl, was held attracting curlers from all over the United States and Canada. Both able bodied, and disabled curlers (wheelchair) attended. At 48 teams (192 players), Tropicurl is the largest open tournament held in the United States. The competition brings tourist dollars to the Pittsburgh area benefiting the local community.A wheelchair learn to curl was jointly held with Marc DePerno for all individuals with disabilities. The curling league, which provides opportunity for all ages and abilities to play the sport, was once again filled to maximum capacity given the limited ice time available. The PCC acquired a chiller and de-humidifiers and is in the process of acquiring land as part of its effort to build a dedicated ice facility.In addition to delivering the current programs, the primary goal for the current year is to pursue funding and begin building a dedicated curling facility. This is the only way to ensure curling will be available to the Pittsburgh area.

Programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program 1

Learn-to-Curl Sessions

Learn-to-Curl sessions are offered by the PCC to introduce the sport of curling to the general public. The PCC allocates approximately 20% of it's allotted ice time to Learn-to-Curl sessions. Over 5,500 people have been introduced to the sport through this program. This is a two hour session to teach the fundamentals of curling. At the end of this lesson the participant will know how to throw a rock, sweep a rock, understand the basic rules of the game and scoring. Participants will have the knowledge needed to begin playing games at the end of this session. The PCC also plans to offer Advanced Learn-To-Curl sessions where the participant will focus on skill development and strategy.

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Budget

$3,450.00

Population Served

Program 2

Outreach

The PCC donates ice time and Learn-to-Curl sessions to the area's youth, disabled, and underprivileged through it's Outreach Program. Due to the late hour of our ice time (9:30 PM - 1 AM) and lack of additional ice time we were unable to offer any youth programs during the past year.

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Budget

$300.00

Population Served

Program 3

Regular League

80% of alloted ice time is used to run a league where all members play together. The PCC welcomes anyone who wishes to play. In the current league format, teams can be formed with any combination of Youth (age 8-14), Junior (age 15-20), Adult (age 21-59), or Senior (age: 60+) curlers, male or female curlers, and able-bodied, cue-stick, or wheelchair curlers.

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Budget

$325.00

Population Served

Program 4

Tropicurl

The annual summer tournament held on the Fourth of July weekend attracts curlers from all over North America. At 48 teams, it's the largest open format tournament in the United States. It's very popular. Registration begins in January and the tournament is filled by mid-March.

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Budget

$15,000.00

Population Served

Program 5

Curling Experience

The Curling Experience offers a 30 minute introduction to curling. At the end of this class the participant will be able to throw a rock, sweep a rock and understand basics of the game.

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Budget

Population Served

Funding Needs

The PCC needs ice time to deliver its programs to the community. A dedicated curling facility is the only way the PCC can ensure the quality and availability of programs delivered. A plan is under development to build a curling facility on a piece of land in Adams Township. As we continue to work toward a dedicated facility, the PCC travels from Robert Morris Island Sports Center to other ice rinks in the Pittsburgh Area bringing curling to those rinks. This involves rental of a moving truck, hauling over 3,300 pounds of rocks plus other equipment to the ice rink, ice rental and a tremendous volunteer effort to transport the curling rocks, prepare the ice and teach the curling classes. New brooms are needed for learn to curl lessons. To run a full session of learn to curl lessons we need 40 brooms. Unfortunately, 10 brooms are broken and cannot be used. We need $600 to purchase 10 new brooms to continue to maximize the ice time available and continue to introduce people to the sport of curling. At least two USCA Level II instructors are needed to continue program delivery. Instructors are volunteers so the cost to train them is minimal. Due to limited ice time the training cannot be obtained.A set of ""little rocks"" is needed to provide curling opportunities for very young children ages 6-8. A set costs approximately $5000. Again, limited ice time prevents the PCC from delivering an extensive ""little rock"" curling program, but a set of rocks would provide an introduction to the sport for young children.Delivery sticks for wheel chair curlers are needed.Again, limited ice time prevents the PCC from establishing a wheel chair curling league, but delivery sticks would provide more opportunities to introduce the sport to the disabled in our community. A set of eight delivery sticks costs approximately $600.

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Pittsburgh Curling Club

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Steve Buffington

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BOARD CHAIR

Steve Buffington

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