The Nike Employee Grant Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation recently awarded $20,000 to Evergreen Curling Club. The grant will help ECC establish a dedicated curling facility to offer the social, health, sporting and economic benefits of the Olympic sport of curling to the Portland metro community.
Curling is a sport in which teams of four take turns sliding 42 lb. granite stones across a long sheet of ice toward a target area. The stones travel a curved path caused by a slow spin of the stone, and the path of the stone may be further influenced by teammates with brooms who warm the ice in front of the stone as it slides down the ice. Curling teams use a great deal of strategy, problem-solving, teamwork and communication to choose the ideal path and placement of each stone.
“Everybody can curl, and everybody has a great time,” said Bruce Irvin, President of Evergreen CC. “This generous grant from Nike Corporation will help Evergreen CC to serve everybody from 5th graders to senior citizens. Young, old, men, women, disabled and able-bodied – the new facility will welcome all groups and encourage them to compete on teams together. Everybody will get great exercise, both physically and mentally. It’s a convenient, low-cost winter sport, Evergreen provides all of the equipment required. We readily adapt curling for those with physical challenges and make it accessible to all.”
Evergreen CC began fundraising for its Dedicated Ice in a Year (DIY) project in March 2011 with a goal of establishing only the second dedicated curling facility in the western continental U.S. The Nike Employee Grant Fund grant is the final fundraising piece to enable a facility that will serve the Portland metro area and will attract curlers from throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Evergreen CC is currently in negotiations to lease a suitable building in Beaverton, OR with a goal of opening in October 2012.
Evergreen CC, established in 2002, promotes community well-being by providing, to people of all ages and abilities, the benefits of the sport of curling and its traditions of camaraderie, sportsmanship and team competition, in a fun and welcoming environment.
Since 2004, Evergreen CC has operated leagues, clinics and competitions on rented ice at Lloyd Center Mall in Portland. Nationwide, curling has grown in popularity following extensive television coverage at the 2002, 2006 and 2010 Olympic Games. Evergreen CC currently has 110 members and last year introduced more than 300 newcomers to curling through clinics and corporate team-building events.
The Nike Employee Grant Fund (NEGF) was established at The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) in 2010. Through this fund, Nike employees work with OCF to award at least $500,000 per year to local nonprofits. NEGF is a “backyard” grant program, engaging employees in aiding nonprofits in communities where local Nike employees live – Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah, Washington and Yamhill counties in Oregon and Clark County in Washington. List of Winter 2012 NEGF Recipients