The average MLQ player spent roughly $750 last season on dues, equipment and travel. This caused a financial strain on some of our athletes. In an effort to ensure all members of our league have the opportunity to experience the season to the fullest, we decided to take action and create the MLQ Athlete Advancement Program.

The featured athletes are those that embrace the entire MLQ experience—training, competition and community involvement—and want to share it with others. After all, since so much time is spent preparing to compete than actually competing it only makes sense to enjoy the entire process, and not just focus on the wins.

Beyond competition, these players represent the values of MLQ—they're innovative, respectful of others and exhibit integrity and teamwork. They are ambassadors of the sport and active in their community.

Due to the high amount of turnover MLQ sees, you will support your chosen athlete for one season. However, if you end up building what you deem a lasting partnership with an athlete, we can set up an alert system to contact you if the player rosters for future seasons.

Remember, every little bit helps, so please take a moment to check out the stories of our athletes below and available program levels. If you find an athlete you would like support, click the donate button below their image and enter the amount you wish to donate. If you would rather donate to the league as whole, see our League Partnership Program.

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EDDIE MOLINA

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Photo: Kris Lawton

RAJAN MAKANJI

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Photo: Hannah Huddle

DAVID STACK

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I just finished my junior year at Tufts University, where I've played keeper for the Tufflepuffs for the past three years. I was selected for the IQA Northeast Regional first team my sophomore year, but, more importantly, I love playing the chaotic sport of quidditch with my friends and tackling nerds.

Photo: Isabella Gong

KELLY DINNING

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A community team, CAMPS, formed and I played with them for a few years until I had knee surgery in 2013 after an injury that occurred during World Cup VI. I was unable to play for almost a year, but this setback did not prevent me from continuing my quidditch career. The UMass Lowell team was formed and I played with them until I graduated college this past May. I am now a proud member of the Boston Night Riders. 

Photo: Val Tellier

MEREDITH TAYLOR

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Meredith Taylor is a senior at Bowling Green State University and will graduate in December 2016 with a degree in Physical and Health Education. She has been playing quidditch for Bowling Green for four years. An active member of the quidditch community, this will be Meredith's second season on Cleveland Riff.

Photo: Jessica Jiamin Lang

MATT DWYER

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Matt Dwyer played quidditch for the University of Miami for four years, serving as Captain for three, before graduating in 2015. This past USQ season Matthew played for Lake Effect Tempest. He is active in the quidditch community, attending fantasy tournaments and working as a certified Head Referee. This will be his second season playing for the Cleveland Riff.

Photo: Alanna Rae Sparks

RYAN SPARKS

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Ryan Sparks has shown tremendous improvement in each of her three years playing the sport, developing the skill set necessary to be a true utility player. Last year, she served as a captain of the Detroit Innovators in the inaugural MLQ season.
 Photo: Ashley Bryan

KRYSTINA PACKARD

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Krystina Packard has been involved in quidditch longer than anyone else on the Detroit Innovators, has represented three teams in her USQ career and has served as a gameplay volunteer for the USQ Quidditch Cup. Last year, she served as a captain of Detroit in the inaugural MLQ season.

Photo: Jessica Jiamin Lang

BLAKE FITZGERALD

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Blake Fitzgerald was one of MLQ's first true breakout stars as he weaved his way through defenses and dished out assists to help the Indianapolis Intensity win the North division. Coming off of a Final Four appearance with Ball State University at US Quidditch Cup 9, Fitzgerald is poised for an all-star season.

Photo: Kim Belcher

REBECCA SAMPSON

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Rebecca Sampson has played for Ball State University since she was a freshman three years ago. A returner to the Indianapolis Intensity, she has the ability to play both chaser and beater at an elite level. 

Photo: Jessica Jiamin Lang

KAYLEE SKISTIMAS

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Kaylee Skistimas is from Oak Grove, Missouri and has played for Mizzou Quidditch for two years. Her favorite parts of quidditch are the inclusiveness of the community and the opportunities presented to women by the co-ed sport.

Photo Courtesy: Kaylee Skistimas

JACOB BOSHEARS

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A senior at Webster University, I have played for my school's team for three years. As the current captain and coach for Webster, I do whatever I can to better myself for my team. I plan to bring that attitude to Kansas City Stampede this summer.

Photo: Jessica Jiamin Lang

ADAM WOLF

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First as a member of the world famous Clone Star Quidditch Club and more recently as a star keeper on Lumberjack Quidditch, Adam Wolf is uniquely talented with good size and speed. Off the pitch, Adam has a passion for serving others. He is a great friend and teammate.

Photo: Victoria Quidditch

 

TONY RODRIGUEZ

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Guardians coach Tony Rogriguez has made a serious impact on Los Angeles quidditch since the start of his career, both as a former star player on the Lost Boys and a current co-captain on the LA Gambits. After making it to the finals of all four West Regional Championships he attended, and winning four of them, Rodriguez hopes to attain similar success in the West this MLQ season.

Photo: Jessica Jiamin Lang

SOFIA DE LA VEGA

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Sofia de la Vega started her quidditch career primarily as a photographer, but during this past season with the LA Gambits, proved that years spent watching the sport gave her the know-how to excel on pitch. Her positive attitude and smart positioning will both be on full display this summer, as de la Vega fights to help the Guardians earn the MLQ championship trophy.

Photo Courtesy: Sofia de la Vega 

JARROD EASTERLING

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Jarrod Easterling is a chaser hailing from LSU. Having played just one year, his raw talent and incredible hustle are great indicators of his performance in the field.

Photo Courtesy: Jarrod Easterling

BRITTANY LAURENT

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Brittany Laurent is a beater from University of Southern Mississippi has been in charge from the get go. Now with the opportunity to focus on her own improvement, she is eager to step her game up and be a key player on the field for the New Orleans Curse.

Photo Courtesy: Brittany Laurent 

LINDSAY MARELLA

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Lindsay Marella burst onto the scene last summer as a leading scorer for the New York Titans and will be making her return to the city that never sleeps for a second year. If you're looking to support a passionate, driven and athletic player, look no further. 

Photo: Jessica Jiamin Lang

BRANDON MCKENZIE

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Another returner to the New York Titans, Brandon McKenzie is one of the most committed players in the league. During both the USQ and MLQ season, McKenzie travels two hours to practice and rarely misses a workout.

Photo: Matt Dwyer

KERA LANOUETTE

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As a five-year veteran of this sport I love called quidditch: dedication to my team, fierceness mixed with kindness, quick thinking and sportsmanship are the way I am as an athlete. As a regular person, I enjoy caring for and helping others - be it my teammates or others in the community

Photo: Ben Holland

FELIX TREMBLAY

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Photo: Ben Holland

JUSTINE TAYLOR

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Justine Taylor has changed dramatically as a player over the course of her time on Northern Arizona University and the LA Gambits. Her drive and competitive nature is unmatched. Look for Taylor to bring  a necessary confidence to the Phoenix Sol as an assistant coach this season.

Photo: Alison Meadows

BELMINA MEHMEDAGIC

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Belmina Mehmedagić has improved leaps and bounds since joining Arizona State University three years ago. Currently a member of the USQ team Fighting Farmers, her attitude and poise on, as well as off the pitch, exemplifies what MLQ looks for in its players.

Photo: Vanessa Goh

SOLOMON GOMINIAK

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A rookie to quidditch when he joined Rochester Whiteout in May 2015, Solomon Gominiak quickly propelled himself into the national spotlight as he helped lead Rochester United to regional and national silver medals in what was both his and the team's first USQ season. As one of the best point defenders in the North, he hopes to help Rochester win not only their division, but also the Benepe Cup.

Photo: Jessica Jiamin Lang

DEVIN DUTT

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A two-time Team Canada selection, Devin Dutt started his career at Carleton University and has continued it after graduation with Valhalla Quidditch in Toronto. Although he's best known for his quaffle play, Devin also excels as a beater and a seeker.

Photo: Ben Holland

DEVON ANDERSON

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If you hear someone yelling louder and more passionately than anyone else on pitch, it's Devon Anderson. Devon has been a part of Utah quidditch for two years, playing for Murderbirds and captaining Utah State Quidditch Club. Devon brings an unmatched level of hype and energy as captain of the Salt Lake City Hive.

Photo Courtesy: Devon Anderson

SYDNEY LANCASTER

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Sydney Lancaster has been playing quidditch for three years, both in Utah for Crimson Elite and in California for the LA Gambits. Sydney brings a high level of enthusiasm, competition and leadership to the pitch. When she's not wearing her game face, she's all smiles, all the time.

Photo Courtesy: Sydney Lancaster

ELSA LEM

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Elsa Lem is a quick-footed, hardworking beater hailing from San Jose State University. Though she has only been playing quidditch since last year, she has already earned a name for herself.

Photo: Seabass Photography

NATE STENDER

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Nate Stender uses his background in wrestling and flag football to excel as both a seeker and chaser. He brings competitive intensity to the pitch every time he steps on it, both with his USQ team, the Silicon Valley Vipers, and now with the Argonauts.

Photo Courtesy: Nate Stender

CHRIS CHAMPITTO

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Chris Champitto is one of the most experienced players in MLQ with nine years of under his belt. Coming off an impressive four years with UNC, look for Champitto to be a dangerous on-field presences.

Photo: Flax Photography