Roster Report: Jason Gardner
Name: Jason Gardner
Nicknames: Rocket, Jay, J-Money
Height: 5 ft 8
Hometown: Hampton, VA
Major: Psychology & Economics
Jersey Number: 33
Favorite Non-Quidditch Hobbies: Singing, exercising, obstacle course racing, watching anime, reading, hanging out with friends
Fandoms (Top 3): Anime, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars
Why Did You Join Quidditch at VCU?: I always dreamed about being a collegiate athlete, but it never developed into concrete plans and actions. I never played any sport long enough to get good to be able to play at a high level. When I got to VCU four years ago, I knew that there was a Quidditch team, and I said that I was going to play. But I never actually made the effort to join. But when I saw the team around campus at the beginning of the semester, I decided to seize my chance and put in the time and effort to make it happen. Best thing I could have ever done because I’m a college athlete now.
Favorite Game: Syracuse at Turtle Cup IV. I didn’t know going in at the time, but Syracuse was written in an opinion piece as the likely choice to take the third place spot in our pool over us and GMU. So being able to come together with the rest of Wizengamot and pull out the win against them and eventually make it to bracket play when the odds were against us…I love being bet against because I love proving those people wrong.
Worst Quinjury: Shin splints. Bane of my existence. Whether at practice or in matches, I always get it at some point.
Fun Fact: I am an actor with credits in films such as “Lincoln,” “A Christmas Kiss,” “Killing Kennedy,” and “Field of Lost Shoes.”
Favorite Quidditch Moment: Scoring multiple goals against George Mason University at Turtle Cup IV. If it wasn’t for the hard-work and determination to win, my teammates wouldn’t have come up with the turnovers that led to me getting my goals. Being able to put points up and help Wizengamot move closer toward a win gives me a good feeling that I am contributing to the team, as well as lets me know that I’m getting better as the days go by.
What Are You Most Excited For (in terms of Quidditch)?: I am really excited for tournaments. Being able to compete against schools from across the nation and travel to places that I’ve never been before makes for one incredible journey with great memories. And knowing that I have my Wizengamot family with me throughout it all makes it that much more special to me.