Help UCLA Quidditch Get to Nationals
The UCLA Club Quidditch Team is a co-ed organization affiliated with UCLA Recreation Club Sports. Our players come from all backgrounds: from those who enjoyed the Harry Potter series as children, to those simply looking for an exciting sport to participate in while in college. In fact, our founder has never even read the Harry Potter books!
UCLA Club Quidditch is one of over 200 official teams registered with US Quidditch, the sport’s governing body dedicated to organizing regional and national tournaments across the country. We have 60 active members across two teams: UCLA Quidditch and the Wizards of Westwood. The Wizards team focuses on developing the skills of newer players, while UCLA aims to set competitive goals and accomplish them during tournaments.
Unlike most club sports, we are 100% student run— our officers do all of the work of a coach without payment. Our president, Nicole Finegan, estimates that she and the other officers spend around 10-15 hours per week on managing the club, which includes coordinating travel to tournaments, communicating with UCLA Club Sports, fundraising, and organizing community service opportunities.
We have humble beginnings as a modest group of nerds led by Tom Marks, our founder, who stored equipment in their tiny dorm rooms and scraped together a group of friends for a game every once in a while. Since then, UCLA Quidditch has been a force to reckon with, procuring the Western Regionals Championship in 2013, coming in second place at our national tournament against 77 teams (from four countries), qualifying for our national tournament for 6 years straight, and having our very own Netflix documentary called Mudbloods. To this day, our quidditch program has dedicated itself to honoring True Bruin Values and improving our skills as athletes, while providing an inclusive space for students of all skill levels to excel in.
This year, UCLA Quidditch has a full roster of 21 amazing individuals that battled it out against the top 25 west coast quidditch teams in the US Quidditch West Regional Championships for 9 bids to go to Nationals. UCLA Quidditch went 6-1 at the tournament and handily earned their spot. We will continue to push this momentum towards the national tournament in Florida, competing against the nation’s top 60 teams in April.
Outside of the game, we prioritize giving back to the Los Angeles community whenever possible. This has included volunteering at local schools and events to teach children as young as six all the way through high school about the sport. We bring equipment and spend several hours explaining the game and playing with them to encourage a love for sports at a young age, as well as to bring the magic of Harry Potter to our local community. UCLA Club Quidditch has volunteered all over Los Angeles, including at the Commerce Public Library, Cub Scouts Pack 311, Barnes and Noble at The Grove, and the YALLWEST Santa Monica book festival. More locally, dozens of our players donate blood every quarter to the UCLA Blood and Platelet center.
Last year, our expenses were roughly $18,000. This includes the cost of flights, rental cars, tournament fees, replacing broken equipment, and more. UCLA Club Quidditch receives the vast majority of its funding from its members— dedicated students who often have barely enough time to play outside of classes, part-time jobs, and preparing for their futures. While getting the opportunity to go to Nationals is exciting, flights alone can be over $400 per player.
When you donate to UCLA Club Quidditch, your money will go to making US Quidditch Cup 10 more affordable for our players. Our team is a tight-knit family that unfortunately lacks the funds to send all of its players to Nationals every year, and our goal this year is to bring our full roster of 21 players.