Cedar Rapids Curling, founded in 2012, was the first curling club in Iowa and currently is one of two active clubs in the state. Our members live in communities along the Interstate 380 corridor from Iowa City to Cedar Falls and range in age from 11 to well in their 70s. We have taught thousands of area residents to curl over the years through Learn to Curls, instructional leagues and private events.
Our primary objective is to build community through the sport of community. We aim to grow the sport of curling and expand the benefits of activity and sportsmanship to people of all age groups and physical abilities, from first-time players or those with physical limitations to seasoned experts playing at a national level.
We will find a way for any interested person who can safely be on the ice to participate when their physical abilities do not allow for typical curling styles and techniques.
The “spirit of curling” is alive and well among our members. Players are expected to honestly call their own rule violations, score their own games, congratulate opposing players for good play, never denigrate an opponent, and conduct themselves with civility both on and off the ice.
Cedar Rapids Curling is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting the values and sport of curling in Iowa and the United States, and a proud member of the United States Curling Association, Midwest Curling Association and the United States Women’s Curling Association.
Regardless of skill and above all, we seek to have a good time with friends and family. We practice camaraderie and focus on helping each other improve. After games, we enjoy a postgame tradition known as “broomstacking.” Originally, curlers would stack their brooms in front of the fire and enjoy beverages with the opponent.
We host an annual bonspiel in August called CedarSpiel, which attracts teams from across the country. In July 2015, we hosted the U.S. Curling Arena National Championships. In 2021, we will help host the USA Curling Men’s and Women’s National Championships. The competition will bring 200 athletes, coaches and officials to the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena from Feb. 6-13, 2021.
We often participate in outdoor events in the community and across Iowa, including North Liberty’s “Beat the Bitter” and “Blues & BBQ,” Cedar Rapids’ BBQ Roundup and farmers markets, curling on the harbor at the Mississippi River Museum in Dubuque, and Marion parks and recreation events.