Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Quidditch and a Not-So-Humble-Brag on my Brother
I think the only thing cooler than being an über-proud parent is being an über-proud sibling. And when you have a brother who is changing the campus dynamics of your local university, that's a pretty good reason to be extremely, extremely proud.
If you've been reading my blog for a while, you may remember my post in March about my brother, Stewart, & his Boise State University Muggle Quidditch team, the Abraxans. Just a few months ago, his team was simply a new club at BSU and he was just having a ball getting something new rolling over on campus. Fast forward a few months, and let me tell you—my brother and his team are rocking it. They are now an official university club, and boast a team of over 23 members. Stew has even been given a budget for the team, and they just had their first official jerseys made. They've played in tournaments in several different states including Utah and Nevada, and Stew has even traveled to California and Washington to play the Snitch for other tournaments. He was recently certified a gold rank Snitch, which is no easy task.
Yes, they play on brooms and act out the real-life version of the Harry Potter Quidditch... but it's cool. Really cool. It's a full combat sport and Stew has seen no shortage of injuries, including a broken tooth, torn ACL, sprained ankles, and he himself has seen the inside of the ER after a rough game where he suffered a break to his maxillary sinus.
The Abraxans, once an unknown team running around the intramural field on campus, is now a team that is known throughout the students and professors at BSU. Stew's photo is on a rotating slideshow on the main Boise State website. Kids on campus know my brother, not because he's super tall or ruggedly handsome (you're welcome, Stew), but for how he's changing student life and pursuing his dreams. Oh, and did I mention he's a History Secondary Education major with a focus on Chinese? He wants to teach in China, people. My brother is a real-life rockstar to me.
Stew-man, we're so proud of you and your go get 'em attitude. You and your team rock. Thanks for making me a proud big-sis, bro. Love you!
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