Since its inception in 2004, the Milwaukee Curling Association’s volunteers have worked to:
- Attract, support, train and develop amateur athletes for competition
- Sponsor and host curling competitions
- Provide, operate and maintain curling equipment and facilities
- Foster an interest in the sport among youth
- Educate the public about the history and development of the sport
Organizations interested in applying for a grant that would meet the mission of the Milwaukee Curling Association should contact the MCA.
US Deaf Sports Federation
Milwaukee Curling Association (MCA) was pleased to present a check to the US Deaf Sports Federation for the USA curling team traveling to the Winter Deaflympics, held March 28 – April 5, 2015 in Khanty-Manslysk, Russia – about 1,200 miles east of Moscow. MCA wanted to support and recognize John Knetzger, the only Wisconsin member of the team.
The Winter Deaflympics is a quadrennial competition for deaf athletes in five sports (alpine skiing, cross country skiing, curling, ice hockey, and snowboard. A deaf athlete is defined as one with a hearing loss of at least 55 decibels in the better ear. Hearing aids and external cochlear implant parts are not allowed during competition.
President, Roanne Barnes presents a check to John Knetzger for the US Deaf Sports Federation prior to his leaving for Russia.
High School Curling
During the 2018-2019 curling season, four area high schools offered curling as part of their life-time sports curriculum during physical education. The high school program originally started a number of years ago with Homestead High School and has expanded to include Cedarburg, Grafton, and Living Word High Schools. Over the last few years, dozens of curling instructors have donated their expertise and hundreds of volunteer hours to help teach all aspects of the game.
Students have learned various skills, sportsmanship and strategy. They report that their unique curling experience has served them well as topics for essays, in speeches, and during college and job interviews. They have benefited from learning to play the sport, meeting new people, and meeting the challenges the game provides. Coaches and instructors enjoy seeing the students' enthusiasm and team player skills as they learn the game.
An opportunity to learn about and try curling was offered to a group of wheelchair individuals. The coach and two members of the USA wheelchair curling team were on hand to instruct and demonstrate the sport.
Curling is a fun and challenging sport for men and women with a physical disability in the lower half of their bodies but upper body mobility and strength. Participants were at least 18 years of age and provided their own wheelchair with wheel locks. All other equipment was provided.