Interested in Being a Host Family?
Each season we recruit talented players who show great potential to play at the college level, and beyond, who do not live within a reasonable driving distance of the Junior Bruins’ home rink. To take advantage of this great opportunity the players need families willing to share their homes, and become a “home away from home” for them.
Many families have done this for dozens of players from many states and foreign countries through the years. In addition to playing, boys have been able to complete their high school educations, take classes in local colleges, or hold part time jobs while pursuing their hockey opportunities and dreams.
What is expected of the host family? The player needs a room of his own, or can share with a team member. He needs a bed, bureau, closet space and a desk or table and chair. While players are expected to provide bed and bath linens, personal care items, cell phones, media equipment and take care of their own transportation needs, each housing situation has its own unique mix of these things. The family also needs to provide the players with three meals a day: a basic breakfast, a bag lunch and an evening meal. When the players are on the road, they take care of their own food expenses.
What is expected of the players? They must obey all team and house rules and show respect and consideration toward all family members. They need to take care of their own belongings.
How long is a host family’s commitment? This varies depending on the player. Some are with the family during the hockey season only. Others need to complete the school year. Some players go home for the weekend as often as the game schedule permits. All go home over the holiday breaks.
Families receive a monthly billeting payment for each player. Some have found it easier to house two players as they then travel together and are company for each other. There have been some instances when 3 players, or even 4, have been welcomed by one family. Host families have included traditional 2-parent families, single-parent families and “empty-nesters” too. All that’s really needed is a willingness to help a player pursue his dream by providing a “home away from home”.
Want to talk about being a host family? Please EMAIL the Junior Bruins and someone from our staff will follow up. Your willingness to share your home and family is all it takes, and the players will thank you many times over!