SafeSport

The U.S. Center for SafeSport is an independent nonprofit committed to ending all forms of abuse in sport. This includes bullying, harassment, hazing, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and sexual misconduct and abuse. The Center is the first and only national organization of its kind. The Center provides services to sport entities on abuse prevention techniques, policies and programs and provides a safe, professional and confidential place for individuals to report sexual abuse within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movements. Visit our Response and Resolution, and Education and Outreach pages to learn more about our work.

Our mission is to make athlete well-being the centerpiece of our nation’s sports culture. All athletes deserve to participate in sports free from bullying, hazing, sexual misconduct or any form of emotional or physical abuse.

Vision:

Our vision is that every athlete will be safe, supported, and strengthened through sport.

  • Safe: Athletes are protected from emotional, physical, and sexual abuse.
  • Supported: Athletes enjoy welcome, respectful environments and diversity is actively embraced.
  • Strengthened: Athletes use the skills they’ve learned in sport to contribute to the well-being of their communities. Every athlete thrives, on and off the field of play.

As curling is an Olympic sport, Windy City Curling Club complies to the SafeSport Act and is bound to report any allegations of abuse, mental, physical, and/or sexual.

SafeSport Code of Conduct

Reporting Abuse:

If you are aware of abuse occurring in our club, please report it to a board member. All have been trained how to relay the information to the proper authorities and will keep all information private.

5 & Under Bonspiel Results

This past weekend we had five teams playing in the Midwest Curling Association’s 5 & Under Bonspiel. Team Torkelson (Greg Torkelson, Zac Wiles, Girithar Reddy, and Tom Sikma) won the 2nd Event while Team Henderson (Jon Henderson, Tonya Henderson, Jim Schneider, and MIke Jokela) took 4th Event Runner Up.

Congratulations to both teams on a great showing and all the other teams that fought hard all weekend.

Its actually happening

Official Windy City Curling Uniforms

Get your official Windy City Curling uniforms including jersey and/or jacket!

We will be placing our initial order on April 3, 2017 so please submit your order by Sunday, April 2 to get yours this season.  We are hoping to distribute during our end of the year banquet on April 23 at Top Golf (if you haven’t registered yet, please do so today!).

 

Package ($120)

Our package deal gets you both the white and blue jerseys (#1 and #2) and your choice of one jacket (either #3 or #4).

Jersey ($40/ea)

Performance style / dri-fit polyester type shirt – not form fitting)

#1 White 

#2 Blue

Jacket ($50/ea)

Polyester full zip jacket.  White is preferred official jacket for national events, but your team can decide.

#3 Blue

#4 White 

 

Your last name will appear on the back of all items.  You must be a member of the club to place an order.  Prices are applicable for up to 2x.  Please add $5 for sizes 3x-5x and $10 for 6x or 7x.

To place your order, please email Dan McIntyre or Matt Galas.  You can also use the contact form to submit your order. Please specify the item number and provide the correct spelling of your last name.

Thanks!

 

From WCCC to WCT – Interview With Matt Galas

Most competitive curlers got into the game in childhood, or their teens at the latest. Your experience has been different. Tell us about your background and what got you into curling in the first place?

I got into curling by watching the Olympics.  My love started in 2002 when it was on at 3am… which was perfect timing for me coming home from the college bars.  My roommates and I were hooked.  But it wasn’t until the 2006 Olympics when I moved back to the Chicago area that they were on again.  Thats when we setup a group outing for 24 people at Waltham Curling Club.  That experience was AWESOME and the feeling of the curling community transformed 3 of us from that group into instant members.

You’ve played in various bonspiels, and twice represented Windy City at Arena Nationals. What made you decide to take it to the next level, competitively?

It’s something I’ve always been interested in but haven’t had the chance until now.  Luckily Bret Jackson reached out to me and in all honesty I couldn’t have said yes any faster (after checking with the wife and schedule of course).

Tell us a bit about your team. How did you come to meet/join them?

Bret Jackson is the mastermind… he played last year and was looking for some new team members for a run this year.  I played against one of his clubs (Lansing Curling Club) on numerous occasions and got to meet Bret at Arena Nationals.  The St Paul Cash Spiel will be the first time we are all playing together so I’m sure there will be some growing pains but I’m definitely excited and can’t wait to get started.

Your first event is coming up this weekend. What else is on your schedule for this year?

We are booked for Curl Mesabi in December and we are looking to add one more event before that.  The challenge round is in January and then hopefully if all goes well we’ll be onto Jacksonville for Nationals.

Do you have any personal goals for this season? Any specific team goals?

Honestly, not really.  I hope that we play well and enjoy curling together and have fun while doing it.  I think past that it’s hard to set goals as a team until we start working and playing together a bit more.

Do you have any pregame rituals/superstitions?

I’m not a superstitious guy at all…so outside of the good curling handshakes I can’t say that I have anything in particular.  Now postgame broomstacking is another story…

Best moment on the ice (besides getting to play Phil)? Worst (besides having to play Phil)?

Any day on the ice (with or without Phil) is a great day.  I can’t say I have a worst day at all…sure, I’ll always remember the shots I missed or over/under swept on to lose the game, but they’re all experiences that help you become a better curler and teammate.

As for the best moment…honestly, this probably sounds a little cheesy…but there have been a couple times at Windy City when I look across at everyone playing that I get a little emotional.  Knowing how our club just started less than two years ago and seeing where it is now having 48 people playing on Sunday nights is just an awesome feeling.  And being on the ice and being a part of that is inspiring.  Now, don’t get me wrong… I hope to have another “better” moment I can point to in February but for now…I’m sticking with that answer.

Do you watch much curling? Any favorite players/rinks?

I watch it every chance I can, but its not nearly often enough juggling work and three kids schedules.  I will say I have about 40 hours of curling DVR’d that my wife continually asks why I keep.

One piece of advice you could give to any curler, what would it be?

Have fun.  Just go out there and have fun…learn as you go.  And ask a lot of questions every time you play.  Fellow curlers love to chat so buy ’em a beer and pick their brains for sure.