USQ 2014-2015 Annual Report Now Available
On September 9, US Quidditch (USQ) released their 2014-2015 Annual Report. It covers the events that took place between July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015.
The report begins with a welcome letter from COO Alicia Bradford and co-founder Alex Benepe, who have both recently announced their departures from the organization. In their letters, Bradford highlights their successes from the past year, while Benepe discusses the lessons he has learned during his experience with USQ.
It goes on to talk about the three-year strategic plan – the purpose, process, and priorities for the coming years. The three main priorities are as follows:
- Shape and grow the sport of Quidditch.
- Strengthen trust in, and identification with, the US Quidditch brand.
- Ensure US Quidditch is organizationally and financially sustainable.
Following the strategic plan, the report covers both team memberships and individual memberships and the benefits that accompany them. Additionally, membership awards are given out each year. The awards, and their recipients, are below:
- USQ Sportsmanship Award: George Mason University and WWU Wyverns
- First Year Survival Award: The Warriors
- Service Award: Hofstra Flying Dutchmen
- Xander Manshel Award: Portland Augerys
- #Swag Award: TC Frost
- Brand Excellence Award: Lost Boys Quidditch Club
- Competition Award: University of Maryland’s Turtle Cup IV
- Community Award: Syracuse Quidditch’s King’s Cup Charity Fantasy Tournament
- Fundraising Awards: Long Beach Funky Quaffle’s Funky Horror Picture Show
We saw plenty of exciting events this year in Muggle Quidditch, including the regional championships, leading up to Quidditch World Cup VIII in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The report highlights these events, as well as all the other tournaments sanctioned by USQ.
Hosting the 2015 Quidditch World Cup was simply an experience I will never forget. The passion and the sheer magnitude that this event brought not only in the United States but internationally as well is quite simply too large to calculate. Quidditch World Cup 8 was by and large—not just hands down but ‘brooms down’—one of the best sports events to fly into Rock Hill, York County and the State of South Carolina,
The report also went into depth about the organization’s financial status, discussing revenue, expenses, and functional allocation. To read the full report, click here!
The USQ has had an eventful and successful year. What are you looking forward to in the coming season? Tell us in the comments below!