The Lloydminster Bobcats are hoping families in the community will help provide a home away from home for this season’s Bobcat players.
With this season expected to go ahead as planned in the fall, the team is looking for families to take on a player to live with them as part of their billet program. Head Coach and GM Nigel Dube say they have enough billet families for the current players, but some off-season moves will bring some new players to the Bobcats lineup.
“We’re always looking for billet families. We have an outstanding number of billets coming back from last season and have continued to billet for many years, and we’re just looking to grow on that. ”
Applications are now open for the billet program, and once a family is brought in, the matching process begins. The organization matches up the right player with the right family based on preferences and needs. Families will receive monthly compensation for billeting a player, as well as season tickets for the entire family. The players are subject to strict rules for curfew and how they are to conduct themselves in billet homes. These rules are given to them by the team.
Dube adds the billet program can be the start of a great relationship between the family and the adopted player, and the building of a lifetime friendship.
“It’s an opportunity for our players to go into that home and get to know them, and become part of the family. On the other side, it’s an opportunity for our players to be a role model if there are kids in the family.”
Interested people can contact the team via email or over the phone at (780) 871-0900.