Before trying out to be a Tufflepuff, this California girl wasn't sure if she was cut out for this sport. Luckily for us, she was convinced to try it out when a couple of Tufflepuffs approached her during the Activity Fair two years ago. Over the summer, Hannah played in a bunch of Fantasy Tournaments and has become a rising star in the quidditch community ever since. Her pure talent and skill is simply not debatable (sorry - we had to throw that in there). Hannah says that her favorite part of the game is getting to play with so many different types of people. She grew up playing soccer with the same group of girls and, although she loves them, she enjoys getting to play with people from various different sport backgrounds.
When she's not kicking ass on the quidditch pitch, Hannah can be found writing out a hundred different compounds for organic chemistry or practicing her Tae Kwon Do. Hannah started doing this form of martial arts during her freshman year at Tufts and has since participated in over 7 different tournaments - even winning a couple of medals along the way! In the Tae Kwon Do world, Hannah is well know for her push kicks and we do not recommend getting in her way when she's angry!
In terms of World Cup 7, Hannah is most excited to see the difference between not knowing anyone last year and now being able to see all of the new quidditch friends that she has made since then!
Our resident freshman redhead always knew he was destined to play quidditch. Even before coming to Tufts, Breandan had heard of this quirky sport and felt like it might just be the very thing he had been searching for his whole life. Before coming to Boston, Breandan was a star LAX player and starred in a couple plays at school including Les Miserables. But now that he has his very own blue and brown jersey, Breandan knows that he was meant to play quidditch. While he loves playing keeper (especially since the green headband goes perfectly with his rusty red hair), his favorite part of the game is watching the snitch/seeker play happen.
You will never catch this kid without a smile on his face... He even smiles while carrying twenty to thirty pounds of hoops and while getting hit in the face with a bludger! This enthusiastic freshman is a hit with both the kids he plays with at kidditch and with the kids he teaches to ski during the winter. He says that teaching children to ski is very rewarding and he absolutely loves making them laugh. But don't think they're laughing cause this gangly kid looks funny gliding down the hill... Trust us, he looks absolutely majestic - like he was made for the mountain.
What Breandan is most excited to experience at his first World Cup is witnessing the pinacle of the quidditch community!
Babycakes' personal quidditch story is the epitome of his experience on our team: he only tried out because his friends joked about it. No one thought that two years later he'd still be playing, let alone whizzing down the pitch on a broom and dekeing out players like a pro. To this day, he jokes about not wanting to play, but we all know that, deep down, his love for our team is greater than his love for the Chicago Blackhawks.
Something you may not know about our native Chicagoan is that he is a twin! Sam, Ben's older sister (by a couple of minutes), is studying at Oberlin and Ben is helping her start an intramural quidditch team at her school.
What excites Ben the most about going to the World Cup in Myrtle Beach is the chance to play in a warm climate.
There are 38 days until World Cup 7... 38. Days. Woah.
This past month, the Tufflepuffs have been fervently fundraising to get to the World Cup 7 in Myrtle Beach in Florida, where we hope to represent the Blue and Brown to our best ability.
The first fundraising effort we started is the "Donate" page on our brand new website (which you must know about since this blog is on it). Some of the fun rewards you can get for donating include a date with a tufflepuff, a thank you note from the team, or even your favorite Disney song sung by the Tufflepuffs. This Friday, we plan on filling some of the rewards already claimed by taking our official team picture and by signing Hakunah Matata! Through this method we've raised over 1000$ and are super thankful for everyone who has contributed thus far.
Additionally, on February 22nd, the Tufflepuffs delivered grilled cheese on the Tufts campus and to the nearby area. Say (Grilled) Cheese was a huge success, with the Tufflepuffs filling over 75 orders and making over 100 sandwiches! Here are some of the night's highlights:
- Freshman Breandan ran up and down the hill over 10 times thanks to his loving hallmates
- Captain Matt finally tasted pesto when he tried his name sake - the Cardarelli. He loves it and can't wait until next time so he can order some for himself
- Cooks Jordan and Arlene kept things moving smoothly while dancing to Jackson 5 and Disney songs (and Arlene only burnt herself once)
-Freshman Alan learned he has the power to sell when he went to Miller with 2 grilled cheeses and came back with orders for 7 others!
We plan to have another one of these fundraisers within the next few weekends - so if you're sad you missed out, keep an eye out on our facebook page for more information.
Tufts University Tufflepuffs, catching snitches and wrecking pitches since 2009.