Sweeping Victory

Written by Cody Fitzpatrick Category: Health & Fitness Issue: June 2018
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Put your summer workout plans on ice at Coyotes Curling Club.

Photography by Angelina AragonFinally, a Winter Olympics sport that almost anyone can try – right here in the Valley of the Sun, of all places. Whether you’re inspired by the U.S. men’s PyeongChang gold-medal run, or you just want to get out of the heat, curling offers Arizonans a funky and trendy – if oxymoronic, given our desert locale – way to get active this summer.

Coyotes Curling Club in Tempe holds learn-to-curl classes for people of all ages and athletic abilities who are looking to get started in the mesmerizing sport that’s been sweeping the nation.

“We get people of all ages. We get kids, high school [students], college [students], young adults, and we have curlers that are in their 80s,” says director Greg Gallagher (pictured, front right). “The only requirement is to wear something that you’d wear on a 40- to 50-degree day, and to bring a pair of tennis shoes.”

Social and family sessions are three hours long and cost $30 per person. Wheelchair-curling and corporate teambuilding sessions are available as well.

Coyotes Curling Club
2202 W. Medtronic Way, Tempe
480-447-4559, coyotescurling.com

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5031 E. Washington St., Phoenix
602-386-4566, arizonastatecornholechampionships.com

Public Skating at Ice Den Scottsdale
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9375 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale
480-585-7465, icedenscottsdale.com

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3853 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix
602-957-9966, azice.com/arcadia