Host families provide a home away from home for our young athletes. Players on the La Crosse Freeze are between the ages of 16 and 20 with the majority of them being 18 and 19 years old. Part of our commitment to our players and their parents is to provide them with a good home. For many of the players, this will be their first time away from home and they will need a stable living environment for their move to the area. They are away from their friends and family, so their host family becomes their surrogate family.
Living with a host family is a very important time in the lives of the player, coming into your lives at an early, impressionable age and leaving as young men. The players arrive from all over the United States at the end of August and will be here until the end of the hockey season in late March or April, if the team makes playoffs. Players are not “renters” and are expected to become “one of the family”.
Host families provide room and board for the player. Players are to have their own bedroom and have meals and snacks available for him to prepare or for the hosts to prepare for the player. If you choose to house multiple players, they may share a room, providing them their own, separate beds. We have team guidelines and policies players must abide by to be within our organization. A copy of these will be provided to you upon your acceptance to become a host family. Our host families are an integral part of upholding and enforcing these team rules. All host family house rules will need to be communicated to the player when he arrives and discussed with the biological families. A host family handbook is provided to assist in this communication. The organization takes pride in providing this strong foundation for the players.
Among some of the benefits of becoming a host family:
- Each host family is paid a monthly stipend to house a player in their home of $300.00 per month per each player housed.
- Free home game tickets are offered to our host families.
- Host families, players, and the player’s family develop very special bonds and remain close long after the player has left the La Crosse Freeze organization. We try to make it possible to make sure that this experience is a rewarding one for both the player(s) and the host families.
If you would like additional information about hosting or have any questions, please fill out the information below and the Director of Housing will get back to you. You may also contact the Director of Housing, Shelly LaPlount, via email at email@example.com or call the Coulee Region Chill Office line at 608-618-0160.
Thank you for your interest. We look forward to meeting with you!