Jeremy Miller, Jake Thomas, More Stars Take to the Ice for Celebrity Curling Game July 2; Alan Thicke to appear
Charity match pairs up Hollywood stars, best-in-the-world curlers to benefit youth sports
(Valencia, Calif.) UPDATED June 27, 2016 – Most Southern Californians won’t be spending their Fourth of July weekends on ice. But from July 1 to 3, the coolest place to be will be Ice Station Valencia, as Hollywood Curling’s annual Summer Blockbuster Bonspiel brings curlers from around the world for a weekend of fun and competition.
Anybody can take part by watching some of their favorite Hollywood celebs take to the ice during a free celebrity match for charity on July 2! Confirmed participants include:
- Jeremy Miller, best known as Ben Seaver in the hit family sitcom Growing Pains
- R.J. Mitte, who played Walter White Jr. in AMC's Breaking Bad, and had a recurring role on Switched at Birth
- Scott Whyte, best known as the iconic Gunnar Stahl in D2: The Mighty Ducks
- Jake Thomas, who starred as the title character’s little brother, Matt, on Lizzie McGuire
- Daryl Sabara, memorably known for his lead role in the Spy Kids franchise
- Marc Bendavid, star of SyFy's current hit Dark Matter, and Degrassi: Next Generation
- Thom Rivera, who has appeared on hit shows including Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Telenovela and New Girl
[A previous release included Wil Wheaton, who is unable to attend due to a scheduling conflict.]
Each Hollywood celebrity will be paired up with a curling expert, including Olympians (Mike Harris, who won a silver medal for Canada in Nagano in 1998; and Debbie McCormick, captain of the US women’s team in 1992, 2002, 2010 and 2014), national champions (Becca Hamilton, who won in 2014, and her brother Matt Hamilton, who won in 2015) and other world-class performers (top American curler Jamie Sinclair, top Canadian curler Colin Hodgson, and Director of High Performance for USA Curling Derek Brown).
The celebrity game will begin at 8 PM at Ice Station Valencia, 27745 Smyth Drive in Valencia. Admission is free, but raffles, a silent auction, merchandise and more will raise funds for School of Rocks, Hollywood Curling’s youth program that brings the sport to local schools. Friendly volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and explain the intricacies of the game.
In addition to the Celebrity Match, there will be a meet and greet hour with Canadian actor Alan Thicke, who will be on hand to help promote the sport and the club and raise some funds for youth sports. He will be onsite on Saturday, July 2 from 3:30p-4:30p.
Now in its eighth year, the Summer Blockbuster Bonspiel (curling tournaments are called bonspiels) will feature 32 teams and 128 athletes from as nearby as Los Angeles and as far away as Ireland. Matches throughout the tournament will also be open to the public for no charge.
Summer Blockbuster Bonspiel matches will begin at 8 AM each day, with games continuing late into the evening. The opening ceremony will be at 3 PM on Friday, July 1. The championship match begins at 11 AM on Sunday, July 3, with trophies and medals given out during the awards ceremony at 1:45 PM. All games will take place at Ice Station Valencia, 27745 Smyth Drive in Valencia.
About Hollywood Curling
Founded in December 2007, Hollywood Curling is one of five curling clubs in California and the only club in Los Angeles County. The club’s goal is to introduce the sport of curling to the local community, to foster the social and competitive spirit of the sport and to teach and develop curlers to compete at the local, national and international levels. In addition to public Learn to Curl events, Hollywood Curling also hosts corporate events, private parties and a youth program called School of Rocks. Hollywood Curling is a volunteer-run, 501(c)3 non-profit organization and is a member in good standing of USA Curling and the Mountain Pacific Curling Association (MoPac). For more information, including event and league schedules, visit hollywoodcurling.org.
About the sport of curling
The popular sport of curling, a game in which 42-pound granite stones are hurled down a 150-foot sheet of ice at a central target while teammates use brushes or brooms to sweep the ice in the path of the stone, has seen a tremendous increase in popularity in the US in the past decade. Owing large in part to the televised coverage during the Winter Olympics in Torino in 2006, Vancouver in 2010 and Sochi in 2014, Americans have been flocking to the sport with intrigue and fascination. The sport has seen explosive expansion in recent years, particularly in the area of arena clubs like Hollywood Curling, which share the ice with hockey players and figure skaters.
Liza Beres, President, Hollywood Curling
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