Back by popular demand – it’s time for Curl with a Rock Jock! The raging success of last year’s inaugural event is ready for a re-boot. On Thursday October 4th twenty-four corporate teams will pair up with an Olympian or Paralympian to play in a fun and (slightly) competitive bonspiel to raise money for the CSI Calgary and the Benson Concussion Institute (BCI).
Eight of the world’s best curlers will be on hand at the Glencoe Curling Club to coach bonspiel participants, including Kevin Koe, John Morris and Cheryl Bernard. If their coaching tips aren’t sufficient, players will be able to simply buy shots or sweeping from the experts to help them win. Wouldn’t it be great if you could do that at the Olympics?
The event this year is once again sponsored by The Hearing Loss Clinic (HLC), a compassionate, forward-thinking hearing clinic with several locations across Southern Alberta & the East Kootenays.
HLC Managing Partner, Travis Rhodes, is thrilled to partner with the CSI Calgary and BCI for this event. In fact, because of their sponsorship of the event last year, the HLC team has expanded its services and is leading the way in the emerging field of concussion assessment and management in the audiology sector.
““High Performance Sport Audiology, including Concussion Assessment has become an integral part of our clinical scope of practice. Our Audiology – Concussion protocol is very thorough and amongst the leaders is this category,” explains Rhodes. Recently, the HLC Director of Audiology, Dr. Whitney Reaman, became dual certified in concussion assessment/management and vestibular rehabilitation, which is incredibly unique in the private practice Audiology field, and something that the HLC team are very proud of.
The HLC team helps athletes with the audiology portion of a concussion assessment, but they are extremely proud and passionate about serving a broad range of groups affected by hearing issues, including children, aging adults, athletes and musicians. Rhodes says they are proud to support the incredible work of CSI Calgary and the BCI and are honoured to be a part of a winning team devoted to continuing excellence. “We always lead with our hearts,” he says.
Money raised will provide athletes with services related to injury prevention, medical treatment, mental health and training requirements as well as support concussion research at BCI.
The event is already sold out but there is still time to bid on online auction items, including a Dinner for 10 at the Paintbox Lodge with Olympic Champion John Morris, $700 WestJet and $250 Fairmont Hotel gift cards and a corporate suite at the Saddledome on March 10, 2019 for an NHL game between the Calgary Flames and Las Vegas Golden Knights.
Three-time Olympian and 2006 bronze medalist in skeleton, Mellisa Hollingsworth, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s CwRJ. Hollingsworth was so inspired by last year’s event that she took up recreational curling in earnest and organized a similar event to raise money for the upcoming Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alberta – raising fifty thousand dollars. “I became a complete curling nut,” she laughs. “It’s the most fun event I’ve ever been a part of.”
Now, hurry hard to help raise money for the CSI Calgary and BCI. But don’t let a biter keep you from gunning for the button, just watch out for the backline and hit that guard!
Canadian Sport Institute Calgary: @csicalgary
Written by Kristina Groves: @kngrover
Photo by: Dave Holland @csicalgaryphoto