US Quidditch awards its 2017-18 Team Sponsorship grants to the Arizona Jackalopes and Northern Arizona University Quidditch.
US Quidditch is pleased to award the Arizona Jackalopes and the NAU Narwhals 14 individual player memberships–a value of $840 for each team–to two USQ member teams to aid in recruitment and member registration. USQ is proud to award grants to these two outstanding teams in order to help offset their costs for an upcoming season of competitive play.
Each season, Team Sponsorship applications are evaluated on not only a team’s need for financial support, but also on a team’s competitive goals for the upcoming season and their dedication to serving their local communities off the pitch.
The Arizona Jackalopes are currently the only community team based out of Arizona. Now in their second year, the Jackalopes look to improve upon last season by earning a spot to represent the West Region at US Quidditch Cup 11 this coming April.
The Jackalopes hope to strengthen the team by designing a difficult in-season schedule, including multiple Fall tournaments, consistent scrimmaging with local college teams, traveling out-of-region to a tournament in Texas in early Spring, and potentially helping to host a local tournament in Tucson, Arizona.
As the only community team in the state, the Jackalopes provide a home for alumni of all of the college programs in Arizona. They hold practices in two locations, alternating between Tucson and Tempe to help players from around the state stay active without having to travel too far to practice.
The Jackalopes commitment to sustaining quidditch in Arizona is exemplary. Their activities and attitudes tie into our mission of building community. We are thrilled to support them this season.
The NAU Narwhals are among the oldest and most consistent college teams in the league, having qualified for national championships representing the West region as far back as the 2012-13 World Cup 6 season.
They hold an official tournament every season known as Lumberjack Invitational, in which they invite college and community teams of all skill levels to compete in Flagstaff. This event is held early in the season and is a vital part of the West region’s calendar. It provides a competitive, but welcoming environment to old and new players alike.
The team has around 40 players who consistently attend practices to train for a busy competition schedule with 7 tournaments over the 8-month season, including the USQ West Regional Championship and, pending qualification, US Quidditch Cup 11.
Last year, the Narwhals lost the match to decide the final qualifying bid from the West Region, but rather than hang up the cleats and call it a season, they traveled to Texas as the sole regional representative at Consolation Cup.
US Quidditch is excited to be able to support the Northern Arizona University Narwhals this year as they seek to return to US Quidditch Cup contention.
For questions about team sponsorship grants, please contact Membership Director Eric Schnier at email@example.com.