Big 33 Host Family FAQ
How do I apply to become a host family?
Go to our website: big33.org and go to the Host Family tab. Read the Big 33 Football Host Family Information sheet and FAQ’s in full and, if you decide to apply to become a host family, please complete the host family questionnaire/application and submit it online. Along with that you have to complete a National Criminal Background check (each parent) every three years. First time host families must complete the clearances through our process and then every three years thereafter.
You can complete this by going on-line at https://epatch.state.pa.us and completing the form. All clearances must be completed at the time of application and in the Big 33 office before you can be considered as a Big 33 host family. Along with that, you will need to submit a copy of your current driver’s license (each parent). Those copies can be emailed to Nicole Whitmire at firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed at 717-412-1548, or mailed to her at: Nicole Whitmire, PSFCA/Big 33, 4813 Jonestown Road, Suite 202, Harrisburg, PA 17109. Please Click Here for the online host family application.
When and how will my player be assigned to me?
After both teams are chosen we will do a host family draft via email.
When should I make contact with my player?
As soon as your player is assigned to you we will ask you to call the player and his family to introduce yourself. This always helps to put parents at ease when they are able to talk with their son’s host family.
What tickets do I get to Big 33 events as a host family?
As a host family, your family will be provided tickets to the Big 33 Football Classic along with a free parking pass for the game.
Am I expected to purchase any equipment or athletic gear for my player?
No, all players are to be responsible for their own equipment and gear needs. They are told not to ask the host family to purchase anything for them including cleats, gear, etc. If you chose to purchase something for your player that is certainly your choice, but it is NOT EXPECTED OR REQUIRED by the Big 33 Football Classic. You are only responsible for feeding the player and transporting them.
Am I expected to purchase any clothing or personal items for my player?
Players will sometimes show up without a particular piece of clothing they may need (i.e. socks, etc). Some host families take on the responsibility of purchasing these items for their player at their own expense. Like the equipment, however, it is NOT EXPECTED OR REQUIRED by the Big 33 Football Classic. If you so chose to, that is certainly your choice, but it is recommended that you have the player or yourself get in touch with his parent or guardian to have these items purchased by them.