Hollywood Curling and the Southern California Curling Center (SCCC) condemn the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and countless other Black lives by law enforcement and others empowered by white supremacy, and stand in solidarity with the Black community. Black Lives Do Matter, and it is long overdue that we dismantle the systemic racism that continues to put Black Americans in danger.
Both organizations were founded on the principle of growing the sport in Southern California. To do that, we must ensure our facility is a place where everyone feels welcome and safe, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, age, nationality, or any other factor. Although we are not aware of any prior incident, we wish to state now, in the strongest terms, that any act of racism or prejudice toward another person from a player or member of SCCC or Hollywood Curling will not be ignored or tolerated.
As a curling community, we must face it: the sport has and continues to be shamefully lacking in diversity. We have a responsibility to reflect on this fact, identify the barriers to entry for Black and other underrepresented communities, and work to dismantle them. These barriers undoubtedly include geography, physical access, and cost, but it also includes conscious and unconscious biases and microaggressions that create an unwelcoming, hostile, and exclusionary environment.
As we prepare to open our facility in the coming months, and as COVID-related shutdowns are lifted, we are actively planning on ways to engage in our new community in Downtown LA, South LA, and the Gateway Cities. We know we need to build trust in our new community and will be deliberate in reaching out to and working with Black communities and other communities of color, including providing access and support for BIPOC youth on an ongoing basis; we will encourage and recruit new members for leadership positions within our organizations to best represent the communities we serve; and will also be establishing an Equity and Justice committee to oversee these efforts, help with educating our volunteers and club representatives, and facilitate the creation of inclusive policies and programming. We are committed to creating a space for individuals and groups to be seen, heard, and feel a part of the curling community that has kept so many of us involved in the game beyond our first lesson.
We believe that sport can be a transformative activity for kids and adults alike. While curling may be a sport with small reach (for now), the Spirit of Curling, which is an integral part of the World Curling Federation’s technical manual and acts as an overall guide for the game, compels us to do and be better. This is the spirit of the Southern California Curling Center and Hollywood Curling. We cannot wait to curl with you soon.
Spirit of Curling
Curling is a game of skill and of traditions. A shot well executed is a delight to see and so, too, it is a fine thing to observe the time-honoured traditions of curling being applied in the true spirit of the game. Curlers play to win but never to humble their opponents. A true curler would prefer to lose rather than win unfairly.
A good curler never attempts to distract an opponent or otherwise prevent him from playing his best. No curler ever deliberately breaks a rule of the game or any of its traditions. But, if he should do so inadvertently and be aware of it, he is the first to divulge the breach.
While the main object of the game of curling is to determine the relative skill of the players, the spirit of the game demands good sportsmanship, kindly feeling and honourable conduct. This spirit should influence both the interpretation and application of the rules of the game and also the conduct of all participants on and off the Ice.