Adjusting to college life can be a challenge
for any student. Add
on the stress of competing for a nationally ranked athletic team
and moving to a new community far away from family and friends, and
you have a student who needs a foster family!
Cowley College Foster Parent Program is designed to meet these needs.
of the Cowley athletes come from different states and even other
countries and do not have the ability to have relatives or friends
nearby. It’s a lonely feeling. That
is why the Foster Parent Program exists. It provides
a bridge for the student athlete to connect with the Cowley community and builds
wonderful, lasting relationships.
parents provide the occasional home cooked meal and general emotional
support to the Tiger athletes who are far away from their
The Cowley program has been in existence
for several years and continues to be a life-changing experience
for all involved.
Comments from the athletes:
“My foster family attended my games …it was awesome to
have their support”
“Having a home-cooked meal was the BEST
“When I was feeling lonely, it was great to look into
the stands and see some friendly faces”
“I got to go to my ‘little brothers’ birthday
party – it was nice to be included”
“I was really homesick at the beginning of school – having
my foster family made me feel better”
Comments from the foster families:
“Having our ‘son” was great – we
enjoyed watching him compete and succeed”
“I was recently invited to the wedding of a former player – she
was such a special kid..she will forever be in our lives”
“I feel blessed to have known all the students I met
through the program – it enriched my life”
“I was a little worried if I would have the time to
give to the program, but soon discovered that anything I was able
to do was VERY much appreciated and made a difference”
“Our family adopted two players and it worked out great – they
had each other AND they had us”
“My athlete was such a great role model for my younger
children…it was an amazing experience for our entire family”
- Invite student-athlete into your home for an occasional meal
- Be accessible for student-athlete – allow
them to contact you for emotional support.
- Acclimate student-athlete to community when possible
- Support student-athlete at their athletic events or school functions
- On special events like birthdays, holidays,
or game days – provide
a treat or a note
- Send a note/text to the athlete about their accomplishments
- Keep us informed if you have
questions or concerns
- Send in photos for the foster family website
with resource connections (assist them in making connections for
Cowley tutoring, counseling, trainer, etc.)
- Encourage athletes to
use the “chain of command” (coach
then AD) for issues with their sport.
And remember: The philosophy
of the program is that ANYTHING you can do is helpful -- whether it
be a lot of involvement or a little. The
Starfish Story is a great reminder of this….
The Starfish Story
Original Story by: Loren Eisley
One day a man was walking along the beach when he
a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.
Approaching the boy, he asked, What are you doing?
The youth replied, Throwing starfish back into the ocean.
The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw
them back, they’ll die.
Son, the man said, don’t you realize there are miles and miles
of beach and hundreds of starfish?
You can’t make a difference!
After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish,
and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he
I made a difference for that one.
THANK YOU FOR MAKING A DIFFERENCE!
If you would like to join the Cowley College Foster
Parent Program or have more questions about the program, please contact
Frank Arnold at firstname.lastname@example.org or
620.441.5388 or contact Heather Barker at email@example.com or
is a tiger waiting for YOUR family.