Alex Benepe
Why I love QuidCon (and why you will too):

QuidCon 2014 is coming this June 27-29 to Washington D.C.! I know there are reasons you can’t go, like money, and fantasy tournaments, but if you can find any possible way to rearrange your schedule or scrape together enough money to attend, I urge you to DO IT. do it. JUST DO IT. DO IT. 

Why, you ask? Because QuidCon is literally the best time all year to get to hang out with players in an mostly non-competitive atmosphere (there is one mini-tournament), and one of my favorite quidditch events all season. But don’t just take my word for it - instead check out some of my favorite photos to see for yourself…

Alex’s QuidCon Photo Diary: 

(photos by a variety of quidditch photographers - I do not own them)

First, this is a picture of Brady, famed western snitch, dancing at the first QuidCon’s saturday night Ball. These are the kind of moments you should not miss experiencing in real-life. 

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But just in case you prefer something a little more reserved, there is also dancing like this: 

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Then there’s the tournament. If you ever wanted a chance to score-on/block/bludge IQA staff in the face, this is your chance. Here is a picture of me at the 2012 QuidCon (I probably got tackled right after this):

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And then at the 2013 QuidCon (probably did not make that shot either!). This is pretty much the only time I get to actually play quidditch all year. 

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But QuidCon is about more than games and dancing. There are also tons of opportunities to get to know players from around the world. Here I am sitting with players from Mexico and California before the 2013 Membership Awards ceremony:

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And taking a great group shot with a bunch of attendees and staff: 

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Then there’s the dinner - here I am learning about what #unilife means from legendary U Ottawa player Brian Wong: 

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and hanging with the northeast team before the ball: 

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Then there was also a fake marriage… I honestly still don’t understand how or why that happened but tons of attendees dressed up and it was amazing:

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And there are other surprise events like giving Harrison an award after he moved on from his position as Western Regional Director. 

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And then of course, there are tons of amazing classes and sessions, ranging from snitch training, to referee training, to CPR certification, to fundraising, marketing, and more. It’s an amazing opportunity for any team member or leader to come and learn valuable tricks of the trade for improving their leadership skills, not just in quidditch but in life.

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And finally, at the end of the convention there are always very heartfelt goodbyes:

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But my favorite photo from all of QuidCon is actually this one - a snapshot of one attendee’s journal, which she asked all the new friends she made at QuidCon to sign.

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This picture is really what QuidCon is about: building friendships and relationships with dozens of players around the country (and the world) that you wouldn’t otherwise get to know so deeply, or maybe at all! There are tons of opportunities to have fun and learn at QuidCon, but at the end of the day, it’s all about the people. 

Long story short - don’t stay home at Privet drive this summer - find a way to get to DC and make some new friendships that could last for a lifetime. Come to QuidCon 2014, you will not regret it! 

Learn more and/or register here: http://quidcon.org/

Happy Birthday Alicia Radford

I’d like to wish the happiest of birthdays to the IQA’s Chief Operating Officer (or COO) Alicia Radford. 

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Alicia has been with the IQA since 2008, when she first brought her fledgling team from the University of Washington all the way across the country to Middlebury, VT, to compete in the second World Cup. In fact, there is actually a photo of the first time I ever met Alicia: 

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Alicia also first came up with the idea of having Regional Directors, and she became the first Regional Director of the Western region. 

After I graduated in 2009, and eventually incorporated the IQA in 2010, I learned that I needed a Board of Directors to formally start a non-profit, and Alicia, being a savvy organizer, was the first person to come to mind, and she was a big driver in helping to convert us from a group of enthusiastic college kids into an organized, federally recognized entity. However, I soon learned that Alicia was a lot more than that. 

She makes amazing pies (she made this IQA themed one to celebrate the IQA’s birthday in 2010): 

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She is up for just about any challenge. Here she is riding a mechanical bull in Dallas, after one of our Board of Directors’ meetings (the rest of the Board was watching, and she was pretty darn good, better than me at least…which I guess isn’t saying much):

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 She is a boss swing dancer: 

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And an amazing designer and writer. Here she is choking back tears when the fifth edition of the rulebook, one of the many IQA products to receive her branding, found its way to a book store’s shelf: 

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Some other things you need to know about Alicia Radford: 

- She plays the Trombone

- She is a professional website coder 

- She is also a paid employee of the Harry Potter Alliance as their Operations Manager 

She’s the most dedicated person the IQA has ever seen and goes above and beyond at everything she does. Right now in addition to working two paying jobs, she is taking a really intensive course in non-profit management, and she is constantly reading books and attending seminars to learn as much as she can about how to handle the operations of two harry potter-inspired non-profit companies. Basically, she’s a real-life version of Leslie Knope. 

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Oh yea, and she also invented QuidCon, one of the funnest IQA events all year. And the caption on this card is accurate. 

If you know Alicia or you’re FB friends with her or even just have her email address (it’s alicia.radford@iqaquidditch.com), please take some time today to wish her a really happy one.

As someone who makes the IQA function behind the scenes at all times, she doesn’t always get the recognition and thanks that she is due. But basically she’s a total #boss (in the positive and superlative sense of the word) and amazing person too and we should all be very grateful that she’s around and wants to spend her time helping us. 

Happy Birthday Alicia! 

courfey-rad:

I’m just really grateful that I get to play Quidditch

there is no better feeling in the world than coming home with grass on your cleats and smelling awful but feeling great

This could easily be a haiku. Simply and beautifully sums up how good it feels to play Quidditch!

This quidditch club in Africa has started with the intrepid work of a youth club director, John Ssentamu. He’s been watching tons of quidditch videos on youtube and asking us a lot of questions by email about how to play the game and get a club started. Our international director Karen has been in touch with him, and apparently he is naming their club the Karen Quidditch Club, which is the most touching thing I’ve ever heard in the history of quidditch. 

The team can be seen here holding their brooms, which they made by hand with local materials, and also working hard to clear the quidditch field and make the grass even. 

Here is an excerpt of what John wrote to us by email: 

“ We are very excited about the new sport development that has started to be shared by the youth and school children…. I mainly write to express our interest to request for the permission to start Quidditch sport here in Uganda and am sure that it will start the chapter of spreading to other parts to the country and then to African countries. The passion and style moves people greatly and once this game is introduced in Uganda, we shall have created an avenue for some sports lovers who are not part of other common sports. Personally I am ready to volunteer my time to mobilize potential youth to be part of this sport in Uganda…. I have met several youth with this idea and they are very positive about the new sport and they feel the need to start practicing as soon as possible.”

what is your favorite sport. Besides Quidditch?

My favorite sport to watch besides quidditch is American football. My favorite sport to play besides quidditch is Crew or Traveling Rings. I also like tennis, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, and distance running. 

gotmagicwithoutwands:

I’ve been showing videos of Quidditch to the roommates all day. I’ve just been saying I was “going on trip” when I disappear all weekend to attend some Quidditch function or another then came the “you went to Florida for the weekend?” question. It does sound a little ridiculous from the outside. I…

You are amazing. 

lila-bolger:

OMG! 3 días!

This speaks for itself

lila-bolger:

OMG!
3 días!

This speaks for itself

thejoemoses:

Quidditch World Cup

Team Starkid’s Joe Moses, Joe Walker, Joey Richter & Brian Rosenthal will be performing at the Quidditch World Cup Sunday April 14th at 2PM!

The quadro (sp?) will be performing comedy, music, and parody scenes from some of your favorite fandom franchises!

Following the performance, the cast will be available for a signing/ meet and greet with purchase of the special edition poster!
Available only at the QWC, Nick Lang is drawing a limited edition poster which, for $20, includes an autograph session with the cast!

Be there or be a mooogle!

thejoemoses:

Quidditch World Cup

Team Starkid’s Joe Moses, Joe Walker, Joey Richter & Brian Rosenthal will be performing at the Quidditch World Cup Sunday April 14th at 2PM!

The quadro (sp?) will be performing comedy, music, and parody scenes from some of your favorite fandom franchises!

Following the performance, the cast will be available for a signing/ meet and greet with purchase of the special edition poster!

Available only at the QWC, Nick Lang is drawing a limited edition poster which, for $20, includes an autograph session with the cast!

Be there or be a mooogle!

shhsquidditch:

Happy Easter from Haven Quidditch!

always reblog #quart

shhsquidditch:

Happy Easter from Haven Quidditch!

always reblog #quart

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