RDC curling saved by community
The Athletic Leadership Fund (ALF) was established at RDC to support all athletics.
It became even more important with the recent budget cuts that threatened such sports as golf, curling, cross-country running and futsal with curling and futsal affected the most. But the curling community can take sit back and relax as the sport has been saved.
“When we established the Athletic Leadership Fund it was to support all athletic programs . . . that’s why it’s in place,” said RDC vice-president of enterprise and community relations. Michael Donlevy. “When we had the budget cuts it put some of the smaller programs on the bubble, but the leadership fund is not only there to support men’s hockey, but the smaller programs as well.”
But it wasn’t just the ALF that helped save curling as the community stepped up as well.
There have been a number of significant donations made to the ALF and several other individuals and groups and thrown their support behind specific sports, such as the Scottsville Group behind golf. There are several others who don’t want their names put out there.
“There are several individuals who don’t want to put their names out there, but we certainly want to thank the community for their continued support,” said Donlevy, who believes it’s important to have all sports available at the college.
“A lot of students come to RDC hoping to be on the curling team for example and we want to be able to offer that opportunity.”
RDC director of athletics Keith Hansen couldn’t have been happier when he learned the sport would continue this season.
“I believe curling is a big sport in Central Alberta and we’ve had a lot of success as shown by our silver medal at the nationals,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity for the students to participate in the sport.”
Hansen was especially pleased to see the support of the community for the ALF and all sports at RDC.
“It speaks to the level of commitment by the people of Red Deer and area and what they think of the college and their programs,” he said.
Last year RDC won bronze in both the women’s and mixed divisions at the ACAC curling championships.
Curling opens this year Nov. 29 in Camrose.
l The RDC soccer teams are the first to see action this season as the Kings meet Mount Royal in exhibition play Saturday in Calgary. The soccer league opens Sept. 7 in Medicine Hat.
The other teams open camp in early September with Kings hockey expected to start Sept. 1 in Penhold.