Organization Spotlight: Arkansas Tech Quidditch


In the midst of the Harry Potter 7 premiere, some Arkansas Tech students have organized a group that puts “Quidditch” to life.

The organization formed in the spring and is part of the International Quidditch Association.

Quidditch originates from the first Harry Potter work of JK Rowling, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” It combines the elements of basketball, rugby and soccer.

Steven Sola, the Arkansas Tech Quidditch president, is very passionate about the sport because it allows people to live the dream of being a real-life Quidditch player.

“Quidditch is this fantastic sport that jumps off of the pages of JK Rowling and is fun for fans and non-fans of Harry Potter because it is a naturally laid back sport that’s easy to understand,” Sola said.

Are you curious about how the Quidditch game works? See it for yourself Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. in front of Witherspoon. Arkansas Tech is hosting a tournament to include teams from the University of Arkansas, University of Central Arkansas, Hendrix College and Rhodes College. The games are free to watch.

Last week, 46 teams competed in the Quidditch World Cup in New York.  Middlebury, where the real-life version of the sport began, won the competition.

The International Quidditch Association, Inc. is a magical nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the game of Quidditch and utilizing the game to inspire young people to lead more physically active and socially engaged lives.