Owls looking for host families

Apr. 16, 2013 @ 05:08 AM

With the summer baseball season right around the corner, the Forest City Owls are looking for host families for roster members.

Denise Holland, assistant general manager for the Owls said host families are a crucial part of the organization.

"The players don't get paid when they come here ... it is basically for the experience," Holland said. "We need host families to give the players a place to stay."

Under NCAA rules, student-athletes are not allowed to be paid for playing in a summer league, thus the reliance on host families to help provide basic facilities for the players during the summer months.

"I look for them having a spare bedroom for the players to sleep in and a bathroom as well as kitchen and washer and dryer they have access to," Holland said. "It doesn't have to be a full-fledged family. We've had single people or even a husband and wife with no kids host before."

Holland said that her family has been a host before. She said they have treated Owls players as their own. Additionally, the contact with players has not stopped after the summer season concludes.

"It's good for the players because they have some interaction and they have a family they can connect with when they are here," Holland said.

The Owls are looking for 15-17 families for the summer. Players will start arriving in Forest City at the end of May and will require housing until mid-August.

Host families can live anywhere in Rutherford County.

The Owls will host a dinner for host families and players as well as have those families recognized during an Owls' game, Holland said.

For more information on how to become a host family for the Owls, contact Holland at 828-245-0000 or email dholland@forestcitybaseball.com.


Host Family Information

If you are interested in hosting an Owls player, you can:

• Contact the Owls by calling (828) 245-0000.

• Fill out an application online

• Download a printable application (PDF format) and mail it to the Owls office.

The form can be returned to 353 West Main Street, Forest City, NC 28043.