The Fort Wayne Curling Club's history goes back at least as far as 1885 when the club curled on Bass Lake, currently known as Mirror Lake, on the current grounds of St. Francis University in Fort Wayne. Additional evidence shows that the club also curled at the old Caledonia Curling Rink that was located at State Street and Spy Run Avenue.
In March of 2010, four people (Craig Fischer, Greg Eigner, Dan McCoy and Jerri Mead) commenced efforts to re-establish curling in the city of Fort Wayne. On June 5th 2010, the re-established club hit the ice for the first time ever with one of a number of Learn to Curl sessions. The club received support from surrounding curling clubs such as the Circle City (Indianapolis) Curling Club, the Bowling Green Curling Club and the Mayfield (Cleveland) Curling Club to teach the large number of new curlers that attended these sessions. Shortly thereafter, the Club held 6-week beginner leagues that consisted of hour long 4-end games.
In August 2010, the newly established Fort Wayne Curling Club held the first ever Fort Wayne Summerspiel featuring 40 teams (160 competitors) from around the country. Participants traveled from as far away as San Francisco and Washington D.C. to play at our first tournament. 2011 saw the introduction of the Fort Wayne Summer Cashspiel as a part of the Summerspiel. The club continues to host this tournament in mid-August each year and the 2013 Fort Wayne Summerspiel featured the 2014 Women's Olympic team from Great Britain (Eve Muirhead and team from Scotland), the potential 2014 Women's Olympic team from China (Bingyu "Betty" Wang and team) as well as all four teams that were eligible to become the 2014 U.S. Women's Olympic Curling Team (the Allison Pottinger, Cassie Potter, Erika Brown and Courtney George rinks).
In 2011, the Fort Wayne Curling Club established the Hoosier Cup, a semi-annual challenge cup against the Circle City Curling Club. In 2013, the club established the KalaWayne Cup, an annual challenge cup against the Kalamazoo Curling Club.
In July 2013, the Fort Wayne Curling Club hosted the inaugural United States Curling Association Arena Club National Championship.
On January 17, 2014, the Fort Wayne Curling Club achieved the ultimate dream of all arena curling clubs by moving into its own dedicated curling facility. This was made possible through the generous support of the club's members and sponsors.
The Fort Wayne Curling Club offers leagues for curlers of all ages and abilities, Learn to Curl sessions, private events, corporate events and activities for those with special needs. Curling is truly a sport for everyone and we hope that you will take the time to try this fantastic sport.
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