US Quidditch awards its 2018-19 Team Sponsorship grants to the Southern Illinois University Carbondale Salukis and the Western Washington Wyverns.
US Quidditch is pleased to award Southern Illinois University and the Western Washington Wyverns 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.
Grant applications were due in late September, and the grants were awarded to team contacts prior to the bid allocation deadline, allowing both teams to count for their respective regions.
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.
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY CARBONDALE
The Southern Illinois University Carbondale team has been around for years, but have faced several years of declining numbers. The team ended last season at an all time low, with player numbers and commitment wavering. This summer, the new officers created a plan to increase recruitment on campus, grow the team back to a more sustainable size, and eventually create a B team on campus to help set the program up for years to come. In the first few weeks of the semester, the team saw a growth in active players, averaging nearly twice as many players at practice as they had last Spring.
The team hopes to solidify the commitment of their new players with this grant, allowing more people to attend tournaments and compete officially.
Transitional years are always difficult for teams, and US Quidditch is happy to help support the team as they build for their future.
WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY WYVERNS
The Western Washington Wyverns are one of the most isolated teams in our league. As the only collegiate team in their region, the Wyverns frequently face long drives and high travel costs to attend tournaments and compete against other colleges, making player retention even more challenging than for many other teams.
This year, the team will travel to Placer Valley, California to compete at the West Regional Championship and try to earn a bid to US Quidditch Cup 12. They will also host their annual event, Subdued Excitement 4. This year, their competition plan accounts for more than 3,500 miles of travel.
US Quidditch recognizes the difficulty of the increased travel burden on the team, and is proud to be able to support Western Washington as they work to grow their team and their region as a whole.
For questions about team sponsorship grants, please contact Membership Director Eric Schnier at firstname.lastname@example.org.