HOST A Rapid!
In the world of pro soccer, there are a number of individuals and groups who ensure the players have a positive experience as they pursue their dream of playing professional soccer. Did you know that those who play one of the most crucial roles are our Host Families? Host Families are an essential component in the Rapids team’s success – both for our players and the organization. Nearly all our players are not from the Columbus area let alone Georgia, with some coming from as far away as the South Africa. A welcoming home and caring family go a long way in ensuring a rich, positive experience for our Rapids players.
WHAT YOU PROVIDE
We don’t ask for much – simply a clean bedroom with a bed made for an athlete with access to a bathroom and laundry. We also ask that you live within about 15 minutes of the complex. Beyond that, it is up to you as a family. Host families are welcome to invite the player to be a part of their family meals or TV time or other activities. In most cases, as your relationship with your player grows, you will find him to be “one of the family”. These guys will keep odd hours with late-night games and a crazy travel schedule, one more request would be to have an “open fridge” policy for after-hours eating!
The time commitment would be from approximately November 1 through March 10 (this will vary pending the player’s schedule, length of stay with the team, playoffs, etc.)
HOW THE Rapids STAFF HELP
Whether at home or on the road, the Rapids get a pre-game snack and a full post-game meal. If a player requires transportation, we will try to place them near a player who has a car, so they can carpool to the stadium. Once the player arrives, we will address with them the expectations of their host families and we would encourage you to do the same. If any issues arise, we will solve the problem, move the player, or send the player home. These are all seasoned vets of soccer who have more than likely stayed with host families over the years. They all should have a high level of respect for the sacrifice you as a family are making for the season and they also represent the Rapids badge.
THE BENEFITS OF HOSTING
We believe hosting a Rapid will be a very rewarding experience and hope you build a long-lasting relationship with your player and end up playing a role in their pursuit of a career in professional soccer. Not to mention, Rapids players can be excellent role models for young children and teenagers and are often great company for the winter and summer. Other perks include:
- Full season ticket for each member of the family living in your household
- Guaranteed giveaway items
- 25% off all Rapids merchandise
- On-field recognition at a Rapids home game
- An insider’s perspective of the Rapid's team from your player
If you and your family are interested in being a host, please fill out the form below and we will contact you!
If you would like to learn more about any of these programs before the youth season starts, please fill out the form below. Thank you for your interest in the Columbus Rapids Soccer Programs.
For further questions contact Warren van der Westhuizen
Director of Soccer Operations