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Curling: The “gateway” to a healthy future

Canadian kids are being left out of traditional sports, especially girls, obese children, those with special needs, and kids from low income families.* We want kids to be happy and healthy for years to come.

Curling is part of the solution. It is a great “gateway” sport for children lacking the skills, ability or money to play traditional sports. But we need your help to reach these children in their communities

Like you, the CCA wants to encourage young children to try and keep curling. Who better to talk to kids than kids themselves?

Riley Puhl with Jill Officer (CCA Photo)

Riley Puhl with Jill Officer (CCA Photo)

As part of the 2014 Curling Summit in Niagara Falls, the CCA held a short essay contest for children in the region. We asked kids to tell us why they love curling and why other kids should try it. The contest winner was eight-year-old Riley Puhl from the Grimsby Curling Club.

As part of her prize Riley shared her essay with the guests at the Swing & Sweep Charitable Golf Tournament. Riley was too nervous to read her essay herself so she had some help from her grandfather to share her passion for curling.

She also got to meet the Olympians and received a package of curling swag. But most importantly, Riley won her Little Rock curling fees paid for at the Grimsby Curling Club, to ensure she keeps curling.

 Great job, Riley, and happy curling!

By introducing kids to curling through the Rocks & Rings program and Little Rocks bursaries, you can help Canadian children thrive. Thanks to donors, every kid can have the chance to curl.

Your donation to the “For the Love of Curling” program can help other children to start and keep curling.  

Read Riley’s essay here!

 

*According to the 2014 Active Healthy Kids Canada “Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth”.