Janelle, our online writer had a conversation the other day with one of Team U.S.A.'s wheelchair curling Paralympians. (I did need to take a moment and explain to her that, No curling is not what weightlifters do with dumbbells, but rather it involves ice and brushes.) The Paralympics start in 8 days in Vancouver
. We'll have more on this later, but we are hoping to get running reports of how the team is doing.
The same day, Donna, our Quality of Life grants guru, sent me an update from the U.S. Curling Association about the grant we recently gave them. That's what the photos are from. They hosted eight wheelchair curling outreach camps across the country with the money. Both the photos here are from Chicago.
Here are some comments from the brand new converts.
Stephen Hart at the Evergreen (Portland)Curling Club
I want to thank all of you for making my first season a lot of fun. All of you, especially
my teammates included helped me feel part of a team and the group. I had a fantastic time. Arnie (a club member), you are a good example of where commitment can take you. You’ve been a great person as my first contact and teacher. I thank you from the deepest part of my being.
What an event! Not only did we receive wheelchair curling training, WE GOT TO CURL WITH 2010 PARALYMPIAN Jim Pierce and US Paralympic Coordinator Marc DePerno!
Jim Pierce says that 8 years ago he never though of himself as someone who "Did sports." "And look at me now – I’m going to the Paralympics!" A comment that had the others wondering -- Where’s it going to be in 2014 – and can I get ready in time!??
What did Marie from the Pittsburgh Curling Club get out of this? “Are you kidding me – I had to skip (The skip
acts as team captain and strategist.) for a Paralympian! I’ll tell ya, it makes skipping at the PCC a whole lot less stressful! SHEEZ!”Find out more about our Quality of Life grants
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