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Students Push to Make Quidditch Official School Sport

UIL remains open to possibility



    Once only seen on page or screen, Quidditch is now a real-life sport that's attempting to gain UIL approval. (Published Thursday, July 7, 2011)

    by Bruce Felps

    This one just proves that truth is stranger than fiction, particularly when fiction inspires truth.

    A group of Keller High School students and one teacher, according to them, recently approached the University Interscholastic League — UIL to its friends — about making quidditch an official high school and middle school sport.

    Yes, that quidditch, the one popularized in the Harry Potter series of fantasy stories.

    Fantasy stories, kids. The mythical game is predicated on flying brooms. Flying brooms, based on my research, do not exist.

    Fantastically enough, according to the members of the Keller High School Quidditch Club, officials with the UIL did not dismiss the group out of hand and break down in hysteric fits of laughter after the door closed behind Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Well, they might have done the latter.

    No, the UIL officials sent the group on an enchanted quest to gain enough petition signatures from students, educators, coaches, and sponsors representing at least 100 Texas schools to entice the UIL to consider the proposition.

    Oh, wait, what? There’s a version for mere mortals? Well, then, turn on those Fantasy Night Lights.

    Bruce Felps owns and operatesEast Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He thinks the dividing line between sport and game is whether or not a player can drink a beer while participating. Golf=game; football=sport.