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The Grand Rapids Curling Club is a volunteer-run club dedicated to promoting the sport and culture of curling throughout West Michigan. Through Learn to Curl events, league play, and community involvement, our goal is to bring curling to as many people as possible.
Board of Directors
- President: Pete Galsworthy
- Vice President: Paul Curran
- Treasurer: Lindsay Hawlk
- Secretary: Jessica O'Neill
- Dana Kleveland
- Allan Kozlowski
- Greg Robinson
The Grand Rapids Curling Club was originally formed in 1897 by William Miller, who fell in love with the sport after playing on a frozen lake at his brother's home in Muskegon. He was immediately hooked, and when the opportunity presented itself to send a Grand Rapids team to a bonspiel in Detroit, he knew he had to get a team together. He found seven additional men, enough to send the required two teams, and from there, the club was born. The club continued to grow and played at various outdoor locations before securing a dedicated indoor ice rink in downtown Grand Rapids in 1898. The club unfortunately closed its doors in the 1920s.
Nearly 100 years later, in early 2020, a group of dedicated curlers came together to bring the sport back to Grand Rapids and the Grand Rapids Curling Club was re-formed. We found our new home at the Kentwood Ice Arena at East Kentwood High School, where we began offering Learn to Curl classes. Unfortunately, efforts were stalled due to the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns. In late 2021, Learn to Curls and league play resumed. With a reignited interest in curling following the 2020 Winter Olympics, we saw a lot of success and gained a steady increase in members and league participation.
In 2023, after an increased demand for ice time and the continued growth of the club, we relocated to Cedar Rock Sportsplex in Cedar Springs. We have since added a second league night and are continuing to grow and promote the sport we love.