US Quidditch is about to launch a brand new grant program: the BIPOC Member Grant. This program covers the player registration fee for new collegiate or club BIPOC athletes who may have difficulty affording the cost of membership. We want to be able to fund memberships for at least 50 BIPOC athletes next season.
We raised $1,245 through GiveBIG! That means we have to raise an addtional $1,205 to meet our goal of funding 50 membership grants. Donate online here.
The archive from our USQ+ program on Twitch about the BIPOC member grant is now available to view on YouTube. Watch here.
US Quidditch is about to launch a brand new grant program: the BIPOC Member Grant. This program covers the player registration fee for BIPOC athletes who may have difficulty affording the cost of membership. BIPOC athletes who were new to the club or collegiate division in the 2019-20, 2020-21, or 2021-22 seasons will be eligible. Additionally, if college players are new to the club division in any of these seasons, they will also be eligible. Applications for these grants will open in summer 2021.
Our initial goal was to provide 15 grants this upcoming season. Thanks to the success of our fundraising partnership with the Potterhead Running Club (more information on that here), we’ve been able to raise enough money to cover the initial 15 grants. So, we’ve started a stretch goal! We want to fund memberships for at least 50 BIPOC athletes next season. To do this, we need to raise an additional $2,450 by the end of June to help us reach our goal of $3,500.
We’re raising money for the first year of the BIPOC grant program through GiveBIG. 100% of your donation goes to directly supporting this new grant.
To donate, click here. Your donation will make a direct impact on supporting USQ’s mission of creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive space for all athletes who wish to play quidditch.
Join USQ staff on Wednesday, May 5 at 8:30pm ET for an hour long virtual program on the BIPOC member grant. We will be broadcasting live on Twitch. Panelists will include Strategic Planning Manager Megan Anderson, DEI Committee Member Carlos Elarba, and Board Member and Development Coordinator Kristin Ladia.
Equity is one of USQ’s 7 DEI pillars that help guide and define the focus areas for action items moving forward. The principle of equity acknowledges that there are historically underserved and underrepresented populations and that attention to these unbalanced conditions is needed to assist in the provision of adequate opportunities to all groups.
We recognize that finances can be a barrier to entry for the BIPOC community to participate in our sport. With the goal of eliminating as many barriers as possible to join as a quidditch player, we felt it was important to offer this grant to help alleviate the financial burden of newer players. More information on USQ's diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts can be found here.
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