We couldn’t be happier with the families who have welcomed our Tomahawks players into their homes. It takes a very special family to open their home (and hearts) to a young man who is far from home and in need of much more than just a room. They need a family. If you think your family has the right stuff, please consider joining us.
We are looking for billet families for the 2023-2024 season. The Tomahawks players, age 16-20, needs are the same as any teenagers: a room of their own, nutritious meals, and the type of support only a family can provide.
Our players come from different backgrounds, states, and in some cases, from different countries. They come to play hockey and they are in need of an inclusive, loving and supportive family while they are here.
The right match of billet family to a player will bring tremendous benefits to everyone involved. The player will have a bed with a roof over his head, good nutrition, and positive role models with the stability a family can provide. The family also gains a new contributing member and a “big brother” for younger family members. Parents of younger children will have a glimpse of the future and learn how to provide guidance to a teenager, while also giving them room to grow.
The efforts of the billet families make a significant difference in the lives of the young men who have left their homes and families to pursue a dream. We’ve seen players show dramatic changes in their confidence levels, grade point averages, social graces, behavior, work ethic, relationships with others, and so much more. The benefit derived from placing players with billet families is truly immeasurable.
The bond you will form with your player will last a lifetime. It’s not uncommon for players and their billet families to stay in touch for years after their playing days are over. They truly become a permanent part of your family.
The Johnstown Tomahawks also offer Flex Billeting. Flex billets will host players as needed throughout the season. This ‘part time’ billeting experience is great for families who are interested in becoming billets, but not ready to fully commit to having players in their home from August to May.
Several billet families from last season and our staff are ready and willing to help you with any questions you may have. Please read through our team billet information and then give us a call at 814-536-4625 to talk about joining the Tomahawks as a billet family.
The management and staff of the Johnstown Tomahawks greatly appreciate those considering serving as billet families for the upcoming season. Closer to the start of the season, each billet family will be provided with the “Rules and Regulations” section of the player’s contract to ensure they know exactly what we’re expecting of our players during their time with us.
Thank you for taking the time to read the above information and considering the opportunity to change the life of a young man.
Please feel free to contact Head Coach Mike Letizia at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or Billet Coordinator Melissa Kauffman at email@example.com if you have questions or need further information.