When Brooklyn middle-schooler Olivia Wargo invented a game inspired by Quidditch, she never dreamed she'd see a professional athlete play it.
So she was thrilled when Mets pitchers Jonathon Niese and Fernando Nieve turned up at her school to give it a whirl.
The Amazin's appeared as part of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign to help kids get fit.
Olivia, an eighth-grader at Mark Twain Intermediate School in Coney Island, dubbed the experience "really cool." But she admitted she was nervous explaining the rules to the two Mets and others there to record the moment.
"It was really nerve-racking talking in front of all the cameras," Olivia said. "I was shaking."
Niese and Nieve took to the game like Harry Potter, which was fortunate because the kids are admitted to the school based on their athletic talent. And the youngsters already knew how to play.
"It was fun to watch the kids going 100 per cent," Niese said. "I hope they take away that they can have fun in school as well as get in shape. But the main thing is having fun."
Olivia figured out a way to play the wizarding world's signature game without flying broomsticks.
She taped three goals made of hula hoops to the walls at each end of the gym and had players bounce a small ball within the circles to score.
The Mets' "School Is Amazing" program, co-sponsored by EmblemHealth insurance, also brought players to schools in Manhattan, the Bronx and Queens yesterday and today.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Mets to become Quidditch team.
I suppose this is good; I don't think that whole baseball thing was working out for them. From the NY Daily News: