Recreation, Sports, Leisure, Athletics

US Quidditch

aka USQ

Charlotte, NC

Mission

US Quidditch is the national governing body for the sport of quidditch. USQ advances the sport by organizing events and programs that build community and empower all genders to compete together.

Ruling Year

2011

Executive Director

Sarah Woolsey

Main Address

PO Box 79304

Charlotte, NC 28271 USA

Keywords

sports, membership organization, quidditch, leadership development

EIN

27-2204129

 Number

2673771020

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Amateur Sports Competitions (N70)

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Membership Program

USQ Sanctioned Events

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USQ's core values are:

We establish the foundation for long-term sustainability through innovation, regulations, and expansion.
We provide competitive opportunities for every level of athlete.
We build a safe, inclusive, and respectful community.
We strive to be a leader in gender inclusivity for all age groups.
We create meaningful community partnerships.
We develop and empower future leaders.

The strategic plan released at the start of the 2015-16 season lays out USQ's strategic priorities and goals for the three fiscal years. The document guides decision-making, resource allocation, and prioritization of work. USQ's fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30, and this plan encompasses July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2018. Our 3 strategies are: shape and grow the sport of quidditch; strengthen trust in, and identification with, the US Quidditch brand; and ensure US Quidditch is organizationally and financially sustainable.

USQ has four employees and over 70 regular and temporary volunteers. We have to connections to sports organizations like NIRSA and Athlete Ally, as well as fandom organizations like The Harry Potter Alliance and Transfiguring Adopting. Over 60% of our college teams are now club sports at their universities, which allows quidditch play to be more regulated, safer, and gives our teams bigger budgets to travel to more events. We receive financial and administrative assistance from dozens of cities across the United States to partner with us for major events that positively affect the growth of the sport and the communities in which quidditch is played.

Quidditch has proven to be much more than a fad: our national championship consistently attracts thousands of paying spectators, and we have nearly 4,000 registered players in the United States. More schools are accepting quidditch as a club sport. Cities are willing to pay to host our events, and our events have a very positive reception within communities. In 2013 we hired our first employees, quadrupling our organizational productivity. We have also been investing in professional development for our employees and our volunteers, to ensure that our organizational capacity continues increasing.

We have laid down a good foundation to achieve our goals, although all of our core values are ongoing, we can always do and accomplish more. As our staff works together on our next strategic plan, our progress will only speed up.

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US Quidditch

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

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Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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Not Applicable

BOARD COMPOSITION

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Not Applicable

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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