Tuesday, December 6, 2022

County teaching kids to play Quidditch

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Campers who sign up for multisport camp at James City County’s Parks & Recreation this summer will get to play Quidditch, inspired by the Harry Potter books. (Photo courtesy JCC Parks & Recreation Facebook)

This summer it’s game on for Quidditch in James City County.

For the first time, the county is offering the activity – inspired by the blockbuster Harry Potter series — in its week-long multisport camps, including one for seven- to nine-year-olds that begins July 10.

“Harry Potter fans will like it,” said Sarah O’Reilly, recreation program coordinator for the county’s department of parks & recreation.

Quidditch combines aspects of dodgeball, rubgy and tag, according to U.S. Quidditch, Inc.

There’s also a goalkeeper who uses a broom, according to O’Reilly.

“That seemed to be the most fun for everyone,” she added.

Overall, Quidditch is competitive and high energy, according to O’Reilly, who played soccer at James Madison University. She graduated in 2014.

After she started her position at parks and recreation in April, she remembered seeing Quidditch being played at JMU and thought it would be a way to bring some new offerings to the JCC summer roster.

Her hunch paid off. Quidditch was a hit during the June multisport camp, which was for 10- to 12-year-olds, she said.

“They didn’t want to stop,” O’Reilly added.

The cost of a one-week session is $130 or $125 for James City County and Williamsburg residents. 

The multisport camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Other activities include sports such as basketball, baseball and football.

For more information, call 757-259-4200, or go here.

Joan Quigley
Joan Quigley
Joan Quigley is a former Miami Herald business reporter, a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and an attorney. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, TIME.com, nationalgeographic.com and Talking Points Memo. Her recent book, Just Another Southern Town: Mary Church Terrell and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Nation’s Capital, was shortlisted for the 2017 Mark Lynton History Prize. Her first book, The Day the Earth Caved In: An American Mining Tragedy, won the 2005 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award.

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