Lumberjack Quidditch Introduces the Game to the Next Generation
The Lumberjack Quidditch team from Stephen F. Austin State University brought “kidditch” to their town on Saturday. Kidditch is a simplified (and less brutal) version of the popular sport of Quidditch. Robert Arnold of the Lumberjacks tells KTRE,
We don’t allow them to throw the dodgeballs as hard. We either require […] them to toss it underhand or tag them, rather than throw it.
The sport is not widely offered for kids their age, and the Lumberjacks hope that this will push PE programs to include it in the curriculum. The team wanted to give the kids an opportunity to try out the sport, and it was a major success. A six-year-old Kidditch player recounts,
It’s really fun, but sometimes it’s tricky to make people not score.
This was a great experience for both the Lumberjacks and the kids – and also the Potterhead parents. One parent states,
This is our third time to come and play. We’re big Harry Potter fans, so we’re glad to come out. They come off the field and drink their water and are ready to get back out there and play some more.
This is just one of many examples of how Harry Potter impacts people of all ages. To keep up to date with the Lumberjacks, you can view their Facebook page here.
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