Olympic hopeful Korey Dropkin launches virtual junior training club for young U.S. curlers.
DULUTH - YoungBucks skip and 2022 U.S. Olympic hopeful Korey Dropkin announced today the launch of "KD's Club," a first-of-its kind virtual training program for junior curlers.
Designed to teach junior players an array of skills both on and off the ice, KD's Club kicks off by featuring three identical, six-week virtual divisions focused on dryland conditioning.
The three divisions will be for players in the greater Denver area and the Grand National Curling Club region. The third program will be open to all junior U.S. curlers, giving interested players from across the U.S. a chance to practice, learn and interface with Dropkin and guest professionals through weekly Zoom group instruction.
Passionate about the gym and physical fitness, Dropkin has been active locally in the greater Duluth area working with the Duluth Curling Club's Junior Program, while also conducting private clinics across the country. The Southborough, Mass., native says the creation of KD's Club provides him with an outlet to give back to the sport while helping promote a healthy lifestyle for kids. "This summer I had reservations with the Denver Curling Club and the GNCC Junior Program to host Summer Curling Camps. With the events of COVID-19, these ended up getting canceled," Dropkin said. "That was a huge bummer, so I really wanted to put together something for these kids, and all juniors throughout the U.S. Junior curlers are the future of our sport and deserve to have access to learning opportunities like this. That's a major part of what inspired the initiation of KD's Club."
The overall mission of KD's Club is to provide a supporting back-bone for youth curling around the country, to promote healthy habits, help young players build a solid fitness foundation, and open a networking space for juniors to connect and interact. Dropkin plans to donate a portion of the proceeds from KD's Club back to local youth curling programs to assist with different competition costs.
Dropkin also plans to include weekly guest speakers from the USA Curling Men's & Women's High-Performance Programs as well as top-ranked curlers from around the World.
"I cannot wait to get this started," Dropkin added. "I want these kids to realize their potential, and know that even the pro's are here to support their goals and aspirations."