Columbus Curling Club (CCC) traces its early history to a small club in Newark, OH. Graham Campbell, director of the local ice rink, started Newark Curling Club (NCC) in 1999. The club curled on two sheets of arena ice with stones that had been donated by Robb Borland of the Great Lakes Curling Association. The Newark club, however, was a labor of love that could not garner the needed interest and support from a small community.
In 2002, Hal McGrady, having recently returned to central Ohio, began a quest to bring curling to the Columbus area. In August of 2002, Hal met with Pat Lysinger and Mike Gallagher, both of NCC, to begin discussions on creating a new curling club. After a year of effort, Hal was contacted by Stuart Cohen, who came to the Columbus area from Boston. Together, with the members of NCC, they founded CCC.
The new club would need more than Newark's two sets of stones. Stu contacted Bev Schroeder, member services director of the United States Curling Association. She in turn, put Stu in contact with Renee Spencer of Winchester Curling Club (WCC) in MA, which was ceasing play and was interested in donating three sets of curling stones to a worthy club.
Stu and Hal loaded three sets of curling stones on a rental truck. Hal then drove the truck to Columbus where they unloaded the stones into Stu's basement until they were to be used. This generous gesture on the part of WCC was so critical to CCC's success that it's rotating league trophy was named The Winchester Cup.
In October 2004, CCC delivered its first stones with 52 curlers participating in the inaugural season and was admitted as a member of the Great Lakes Curling Association. In March 2006, the CCC was awarded 501(c)(3) status by the IRS. Currently, CCC has close to 150 full members and 35 social members who hope to raise awareness and education of curling in the central Ohio community.