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Curling for a cause

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — The sport of curling is catching on all across the country. In fact, Sioux Falls will host the Olympic trials for USA next year at the Denny Sanford Premier Center.

There’s also a curling tournament going on right now at the Scheels Ice Plex. But this tournament is more about humanity than it is about curling.

“The curling community is a family,” Sioux Falls curler Lloyd Green said.

And that family has shown up big time at the Sioux Falls Scheels Iceplex this weekend to raise money for Lloyd Green, who is a curler himself.

“I’ve been curling for three years now, I always watched it on tv; enjoyed watching it, always wanted to try it, fortunately Sioux Falls Curling came here and learned how to curl and here I am, and I enjoy it,” Green said.

But it hasn’t been all fun and games for Green.

In 2016, Green was diagnosed with stage four liver cancer. He’s in remission, but he’s now on a transplant list and still waiting to hear if they have found him a match.

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“It could be tomorrow, it could be three months, you never know,” Green said.

Green says he never in his life thought someone would be hosting a tournament to raise money for him.

“When I first heard they were going to put on this tournament for me I was at a loss for words,” Green said.

The organizer of the three day tournament says they’ve been planning it for four months and it’s taken a lot of work, but says it’s what they do.

“We’ve never had an event like this and to be able to help one of our fellow curlers in this type of capacity is awesome,” Vice President of the Sioux Falls Curling Club Jenny Farke said.

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There are 32 teams competing in the tournament and they come from four different states.

“It shows you that no matter how far you are from Sioux Falls and you know a fellow curler is in need of some help, everybody kicks in and comes to help,” Farke said.

In the meantime, Green says he’s taking one day at a time.

“I hope to get a transplant soon, um, but I always keep a positive outlook on it,” Green said.

Green says he’ll keep curling, no matter what.

“Oh yeah, oh yeah I’ll never quit curling,” Green said.

The tournament wraps up on Sunday.

Written by: The Dam Rock Station

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