Become A Host
Family For A Hurricanes Player:
Why become a host family?
Hosting a player is an exciting
and rewarding experience. When a family makes the choice to
welcome a young athlete into their home, or more
importantly, into their family, they have the opportunity to
establish a wonderful friendship, while making a difference
in the athlete’s life.
Host families learn first-hand
about the different lifestyle and culture that the athlete
has grown up in. The host family and athlete share the
evolving process of bringing the world closer together
through sharing and friendship.
Like an exchange student
program, we are always in need of families that are willing
to open their heart and home to a developing athlete.
Families are interested in taking a supporting role in the
player’s overall development while the athlete gets memories
that will last a lifetime.
In exchange for these gifts, the
host family provides the athlete with room and board during
his stay in the community.
Host families are the backbone
of any team with out of town players. So much of the success
is dependent on the environment created for the athletes by
these very special families.
What is a normal host family?
A host family comes in many
variations. There are many different types of families,
including single mothers or fathers with or without children
at home, older couples with no children at home, and
families with children at home. All meet the minimum
standard requirements, and must be able to provide a warm
home and meals.
Families should treat the
athlete as they would one of their own children. These
athletes become like one of their own and it will be
something that the families enjoy doing year after year.
Who are these players?
Turn your television to a
favorite sports channel. There is a good chance that the
athletes seen have, at some point in their development,
lived away from home, in order to make it to the point they
are now at. Some have gone to school or lived with other
host families along the way.
Raw talent will only get an
athlete so far. It takes determination, extremely hard work,
and the ability to commit to the process of development in
order to make it to the pinnacle of any sport. That
development is dependent upon a solid foundation and that is
where the value of a strong host family really shows.
How to become a host family
The first step to becoming a
host family is to contact our coach or housing coordinator.
The team’s housing coordinator should make an appointment to
visit each home to get a first- hand feel for the lifestyle
and accommodation for the prospective players. This is also
the perfect time to go over the ground rules and
expectations that both the team and host family will work
We place players with volunteer
host families who provide the athlete with a caring and safe
home environment. Host families are able to experience
firsthand the exciting experience of elite athlete
generally follow these minimum standards.
type of orientation sessions
screening of host families, including in-home interviews and
support and assistance from the housing coordinator and
coaches. Team staff and other fellow players will be there
to help each family select the athlete who will fit in with
screened young athletes who speak English and meet the
requirements of the team that will ensure the success for
the both the family and athlete.
it cost anything to host an athlete?
Families will have the expense
of food and housing, just as they would with any of their
own teenager or young adult. Families are not responsible
for the athlete’s medical, education, or other incidental
I get paid to host?
Host families are generally
never going to profit from the monthly stipend provided by
the athlete and/or club. Let’s face it, we are talking about
a world-class athlete that is in need of an unusual amount
of calories in order to fuel his development. Host families
do not get involved for the money, they do it for the
experience. Many host families refuse to accept the monthly
stipend as the athlete becomes a part of the family.
don’t have any children at home. Can I still host?
There is no typical host family.
Athletes are interested in a wide range of hosting
situations. Some who come from large families would like to
experience being the only child in a family.
my own children benefit from hosting?
Many athletes indicate an
interest in being placed in families with small children.
The influence of an athlete’s dedication and training will
have a positive impact on younger children. Their interest,
curiosity, and acceptance of people different from
themselves are strongest at a young age. They will look up
to the athlete and that bond ultimately forms a lifelong
my spouse and I both work, we wouldn’t be home to entertain
the player. Would this be a problem?
The typical family where the
husband works and the wife stays home is becoming a relic of
yesterday. In most two-parent families, both parents work.
The athlete’s own day is filled with training, work, or
does the player expect?
The athlete expects to be
welcomed into a warm home. Flexibility, a sense of humor,
and the ability to help a young athlete adapt to a new
family and lifestyle are also important qualities that
athletes hope their host family will have.
I host more than one player?
Yes. This is an ideal situation
for both families and empty nesters, Again, the experience
will establish a lifetime of memories and friendships.
happens if my family and player just don’t get along?
The team’s coaches and housing
coordinator are always prepared to assist with any problems
that might arise. In the event of a serious problem or
conflict of personalities, the team removes the athlete for
evaluation to determine if the athlete should be replaced or
even removed from the team.
I choose the athlete (s) I would like to stay with us?
Yes! The team should provide a
review of the athletes available for the year. You will
ultimately make the final selection.
Becoming a host family is not for everyone and families
should not expect the athletes to be comfortable in an
unstable situation. Host families should look at these
athletes as an extension of their own family and not as a
guest. The housing situation should be an enjoyable and
positive experience for both the host family and the
Like any situation, boundaries and expectations need to be
well established by the team and host family BEFORE the
athlete moves in.
For more info on hosting a Cape
Coral Hurricanes player, contact our Housing Coordinator or
one of our coaches.
Our Housing Coordinator is:
J.P. Terrasi -
email@example.com (239) 677-8752