Growing up in upstate New York, Nancy Myers was exposed to curling at an early age.
Myers comes from a long line of curlers. Her parents curled, and so did her siblings. One of her brothers curled competitively, and one of her nieces was on a team that was runner-up at the Olympic Trials in Denver.
The lifelong curler and sponsor of the UNL Curling Club was raised near Schenectady, New York, where playing outdoor sports is part of the landscape. Dr. Myers is UNL’s director of organizational development for Human Resources. The UNL Curling Club is a sports club founded in 2008 and offered through Campus Recreation.
Myers’ name has been synonymous with the sport of curling for the past 50 years, according to Ashley Stone, who nominated the “curling billboard” for this year’s Ambassador Award presented by the Girls & Women in Sports & Fitness committee. She will receive the award at a Wednesday banquet at The Champions Club.
Stone, whom Myers taught to curl a few years back, works for the UNL Athletic Department in player development and is now curling on a regular basis.
'Shares her passion'
“She has shared her passion for the sport and has helped in the sport’s growth and publicity since the first time she threw a curling stone or picked up a broom,” Ashley Stone said in her nomination. Myers also coordinates college curling within Nebraska and serves on the sport’s national committee.
She’s pleased by the increased exposure directed at the sport and excited by the potential of this year’s UNL Curling Club. The team is coming off a silver-medal finish at last year’s nationals in Utica, New York.
“That was our highest finish ever at nationals,” she said, “and we return three members off that four-member team.”
Big meet this weekend
The UNL team hopes to fare well at a Midwest qualifying competition this weekend (Feb. 3-4) at the Baxter Arena in Omaha, where 14 teams are expected to compete. Teams are vying for berths at this year’s National College Curling Championships to be held March 8-11 at Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
The UNL club holds weekly practices on Tuesday evenings at the John Breslow Ice Hockey Center.
“I love the sport because it’s competitive but collaborative,” said Myers. “There is always the challenge to grow.”
Nancy Myers' mother, Ruth, is 97 and lives in Schenectady, New York; her father is the late Eugene Fink. She also has two daughters, Jessica Blair and Renee Myers of Omaha.