by Luke Zak | April 4th, 2012
The excitement is building, players are training, and summer is right around the corner. The time has finally come for athletes across the U.S. to band together to form one quidditch team to compete in the UK during the historic Olympic Games.
This is our official call for Team USA player nominations. All team captains are welcome to send in nominations for any players on their teams who exhibit excellent sportsmanship and athleticism.
Though we will field as comprehensive a team as possible, all players who are selected by the organizing team will be responsible for having an open availability at the time of the event and for contributing to the IQA’s fundraising efforts to cover the costs of airfare, accommodation (if necessary – UK contacts have already set aside a house for 10 players), and uniforms.
The IQA will need to raise at least $2,000 per player to cover the items listed above, and it is expected that players will work hard with IQA volunteers and use IQA fundraising tools, resources, and networks (provided by the IQA) to actively cover as much of their cost as possible.
The exact date and location are still being assembled with local contacts, but the estimated date is July 8th, to coincide with an Olympic Torch ceremony taking place at a location just outside of London. Games will take place at minimum with a national team from the UK, but may also include games against Finland, France, Canada, Australia, and any other nations that are able to send a team. Additional messaging and announcements regarding these teams will be released shortly.
All nominations should include:
- Nominee’s first and last name
- Associated team
- Preferred position
- Relevant statistics (optional)
- Previous quidditch experience
- Justification for athlete’s acceptance to the team
- Head shot
- Action shot (optional)
- Further creative material (e.g. slideshow, video, rap, etc ; optional)
- Nominee contact information
- Fundraising and organizational experience
Do you have what it takes to be on Team U.S.A.? Interested captains should send the player nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday April 18.