continued Even with extra rooms to fill, Shappy said she didn’t initially plan to extend the welcome mat to six growing college guys.
“We originally said we’d take one but (the Dutchmen) said because of where we live, if we have at least two (they) would provide a car … so we said we could take three,” said Shappy. “Then they said they had more to place … so if they don’t mind bunk style then we’ll take them and I’m glad we got to know those three guys, too.”
Steve Poche is also happy the Shappys agreed to open their home. Being far away from his hometown in Louisiana was made easier by staying with the Shappys.
“I think living with a family is a lot better. They not only help you out but when we got home, Donna would always have food. We’d get home sometimes at two in the morning and she’d have a pot of spaghetti sitting there waiting for us,” said Poche. “She’d always take care of us like that. It was just fun, it was a fun experience, a good league.”
Polsinelli said host families don’t have to spend every waking moment with their summer boarder — after all, the players are in college — but some interaction is encouraged to make the living arrangement more comfortable for everybody.
“We stress to the players this isn’t a rooming house situation, you’re actually being part of their family so to be respectful. The kids just grow as part of the family, go to family functions, if they have younger kids we stress to the players these younger kids are looking up to them and be like an older brother to them,” said Polsinelli.
Even with six young men taking over the house, Poche said the Shappys made each and every one feel like a family member.