24 host families needed for summer tourneys

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 31, 2017

The city of Andalusia will host two state tournaments this July, and the city is asking local residents to open their homes to the visiting girls.

“We need 12 host families for the girls age 8 and under,” said Bobby Johns, of the Department of Leisure Services, who is coordinating the host families. “This is the Dixie State Tournament, held July 7 through 13.”

Johns said they also need 12 host families for boys ages 12 and under for the Dixie State Tournament on July 13 through 18.

“The department will be seeking families that are sports minded, people friendly, patient, understanding and kind to children, with flexible schedules,” he said. “The role of a host family is to make team members, players and coaches feel that they are at home away from home.”

Johns said the host families will meet their assigned team and coach upon arrival in Andalusia.

“They will help with dinner reservations, help with shopping plans, and be a guide to area businesses,” he said. “You will spend time with the players during free time and between games.”

Johns said as a perk of helping out, each host family will be given a VIP pass so they can sit with their team’s bench during the game, if they choose to watch the games.

Those who would like to help with the event are asked to contact Johns or Courtney Lipford at Johnson Park by May 1.

Call 222-2714 for more info or to sign-up.

“Let’s show the state of Alabama how great hospitality in the city of Andalusia can be,” he said.