Boston Breakers seek host families for 2017 season

(Dec. 1, 2016)Over the past few years, host families involved with the program have helped the Breakers become one of the most “player-friendly” markets in professional women’s soccer. Host families are an essential component of the Boston Breakers’ family. They are invaluable to our organization, and we are extremely grateful for the Boston area’s hospitality; it has been truly amazing.

Like our players, our host families come in all different shapes and sizes. The Breakers are currently in search of families that are able to provide a “home-away-from-home,” whether that comes in the shape of an extra guest bedroom or an in-law apartment that might be available for the spring/summer. If you are interested in participating in the Host Family Program, please fill out this form. Email Laura Doran at ldoran@bostonbreakers.com for more information about the process or if you have any questions.

Check out some photos from past host families.


Following the 2016 season, we talked to Barbara St. John and her family, who have hosted a number of Breakers players in the past, including Adelaide Gay, Libby Guess, Ceci Santiago, Kim DeCesare, Mollie Pathman, Sam Whitney and most recently Kylie Strom and Brittany Ratcliffe.

As a host family, what are you responsible for, and what kinds of things do you provide to the players?

We provide them with a safe, warm, family environment/home. We open our home to players each year and provide them with support as they train, travel, and work hard to become a Boston Breaker. We show them around the area and get them familiar with their surroundings. 

Some of these players have never been in this situation before (many either live in hotels or apartments while playing professional soccer). What are the players’ first impressions?

First impressions are funny. When they first arrive, it takes a little while to get used to the craziness of schedules, three kids and our dog. It is a busy house! It doesn’t take long and they are a part of our family, hanging out in the kitchen, cooking meals, telling us about their day, eating dinner, going out for ice cream, playing a game, kicking soccer balls around, hanging out with our chocolate lab or watching a soccer game on TV. They become our family!

Players have said that being a part of a host family is almost like having a second family and makes them feel like they’re back home. Has this been the case with the players you have hosted?

Yes, for sure.  This year, we hosted March to October, and after the girls left it took us a while to adjust not having them here. We have a great relationship with the girls and still keep in touch with them. They are great role models for our children and we enjoy having them be a part of our extended family. 

Have any of the players gone to your children’s games, practices, or other events?

Yes, the girls have gone to the kids' games and have helped out with practices. Our children also watch all of the Breakers games on TV or in person to cheer them on! They love to make posters and yell from the stands!

Are there any rules or regulations/house rules you have for the players?

My one rule is clean up after yourself. That’s all.

What’s the best part about being a host family?

The best part about being a host family is the friendships that are created. It is a wonderful experience watching the girls work hard and become professional soccer players.

 

 

2016 Host Families:

St John Family – Needham, Mass.

Wernerfelt Family- Milton, Mass.

Scully Family – Needham, Mass.

Kay-Goodman Family – Cambridge, Mass.

Russell Family – Dracut, Mass.

Hansell Family – Cambridge, Mass.

Allen Family – Haverhill, Mass.

Christensen Family – Winchester, Mass.

Hill Family – Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Kumor Family – Watertown, Mass.

Putnam Family – Roslindale, Mass.

2015 Host Families:

St. John Family – Needham, Mass.

Moriarty Family- Braintree, Mass.

Wernerfelt Family – Milton, Mass.

Scully Family – Needham, Mass.

Kay-Goodman Family – Cambridge, Mass.

Russell Family – Dracut, Mass.

Rober Family – Bedford, Mass.

Hansell Family – Cambridge, Mass.

Allen Family – Haverhill, Mass.

Lynch Family – North Andover, Mass.

Callum Family – Swampscott, Mass.

Andrade Family – Stoneham, Mass.