Officials Grant Program for 2022 USQ Cup
USQ events, both USQ run events such as regionals and nationals, as well as regular-season events, have long relied on players and coaches to step up and officiate the games. The contributions of these players and coaches are valuable and highly appreciated; without these officials, we could not have our events. However, this arrangement is unusual in sports. Ideally, the players and coaches at our events would only participate as players and coaches while competing.
It will likely be a while before we can reach the point where all officials on our games are unaffiliated with the teams at the event, but over the years we have seen a number of officials step up and travel to our events just to officiate. Some are members of teams that aren’t in attendance, while others have continued to officiate after they retired as players. All of these officials have brought their passion and energy to events, reduced the burden on teams to provide officials, and at times have enabled entire events to occur that otherwise would have been canceled or heavily modified.
USQ is creating a fundraiser in support of these officials. The goal of the fundraiser is to provide transportation for non-playing officials to USQ’s premier event of the year, the 2022 US Quidditch Cup. The initial fundraising target is $3,500, which will support the travel funds for 10 officials (5 certified head referees and 5 certified snitch runners). If this target is exceeded, we will continue to raise funds, with a stretch target of $7,000, allowing for funding for an additional 5 head referees and 5 snitch runners. All funds raised will go directly to the travel expenses of our non-playing officials. As USQ is a 501c3 nonprofit, donations to this grant program are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.
This was the idea of Michael Clark-Polner, a head referee himself. Michael has joined USQ as a volunteer to help run both the fundraiser and the officials’ travel assistance program it is funding. The fundraiser also has support from USQ’s advancement team as well as the member services department. It will run through the end of November. A second round of fundraising may occur in early 2022, depending on the success of this part of the campaign.
Certified head referees and snitch runners who will not be players, coaches, or staff on any team at the 2022 US Quidditch Cup will be able to apply for funding starting in January 2022. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to be notified when program details are available.
USQ would like you to join us in showing these head referees and snitch runners that the entire quidditch community appreciates their contributions to our game. As a community, we can help them get to our league’s premier event.
If you’d like to make your donation another way, like via check, Paypal, Zelle, or Venmo, please contact email@example.com.