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I am reprinting the text that I and nine million (Well maybe 90,000!) other US curlers (I am purported to be a member of USA Curling) got in our email and it says it all:

Dear Curler:

The spirit of the Olympics is captivating. Every two years the world comes together to cheer for the competition and the sportsmanship. We root for the little guys and anticipate brilliant performances from the best of the best.
Eight years ago USA Curling rocked the country, winning a bronze medal. Curling clubs across the United States were overwhelmed by the crowds of people attending open houses and the growth of the sport and new clubs in the U.S. had taken off. That excitement has grown to an expectation for the U.S. to continue to earn medals.
This year, in Sochi, Team USA struggled on the ice and fell short of the medal round. And while our athletes may not be returning home with a medal around their neck, we can say they played their sport in the spirit of the Olympic Creed, which states: “The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.”
Our athletes may have struggled but they have continued to inspire ongoing growth in our sport. With an average of over one million television viewers per draw, over 52,000 internet searches, and curling ranking as the #1 Olympic sport trending on Twitter during the Games, the country is captivated by our sport and looking for a way to join the game.
Team USA will return to the podium, but we can’t do it alone. We are asking for your commitment of financial support to continue to grow the sport of curling in the United States. Your gift to the United States Curling Association will enable us to provide guidance to newly forming clubs, develop training programs for club level curlers, and continue to build national programs to develop stronger athletes feeding into the high performance teams.
Show your support for USA Curling by CLICKING HERE and making your gift. The dollars you contribute today are the building blocks for the future of developmental and high performance curling in the USA.


Michelle Schleibaum
Fundraising Manager

I seldom have money to give.  I pay tithes and give to missions.  This blog is a useful way to help candidates (or oppose others) I want to see win or do well.  But you can do something.  Give to USA Curling.  Better yet, if you regularly give to the USOC, take that money and give it to USA Curling instead!  Tell the USOC you’ll not support sports imperialism anymore.   You can make a statement like what Nathaniel Barney did in the 1830s – he refused his dividends from the railroad stock (The New Bedford and Taunton RR) he owned so long as they had “Jim Crow” seating by race (note readers NOT in a Southern State) but rather asked the company’s treasurer to pay it as a donation to William Lloyd Garrison’s Liberator newspaper.   I would note that the railroad did away with segregated seating by the power of market forces.

Need I say it?  My views are my views!  Not the views of the Curling Club of Virginia or USA Curling but mine only!

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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