Nearly 100 college students from across New York State participated in the inaugural King’s Cup Charity Quidditch Tournament April 11 to raise money for six national charities, including the American Red Cross.
The tournament at Syracuse University’s Coyne Stadium featured players from Syracuse University, SUNY Cortland, SUNY ESF, University of Buffalo, SUNY Fredonia, SUNY Geneseo, Green Mountain College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Rochester and Skidmore College.
The students were randomly selected to play on one of six teams, and each team played for a national charity. The Red Cross team finished in fifth place, earning $100 for the Red Cross. The students raised a total of $1,600 for the charities.
Quidditch is a competitive sport featured in the series of Harry Potter novels and movies. Matches are played between two teams of seven players of any age or gender who ride broomsticks, using four balls called the Quaffle, two Bludgers and the Golden Snitch. There are six elevated ring-shaped goals, three on each side of the Quidditch pitch, and the idea is to get the Quaffle in the goal, avoid the Bludgers and capture the Golden Snitch.