The Adopt an Otter program is in high demand again this year and with players arriving at the beginning of May, they are going fast. Several important questions have been asked about the program and how it works and we have answered them below!

What is the Adopt an Otter Program?

Families can make a lasting connection with a player throughout the summer. Small care packages for the player allows them to feel a strong connection in the community while they are here. Our players resoundingly loved the relationships and support they gained last year, so we hope this year we can make it even better!

Celebrating Stuart Hendry’s birthday postgame with cupcakes brought by his adopted family

What is the cost to join the program and what do I receive?

Just before walkouts with their adopted players

Is this a home stay?

Do I get any say in the type of player that I am assigned?

Players and their adopted family walking out during pre-game announcements

What kinds of things should I bring my player?

Some of the goodie bags dropped off pre-game by our adopting families

Can my family all get t-shirts with the player’s name and number? What about jerseys?

Adopted family posing with Otters GK Tim Trilk

Interested in signing up or have more questions? Head of the program, Janet Strickland, can be contacted at for more information or to send out your adoption packet. More information can also be found on under Community. Players will be here before you know it so make sure you secure your Otter before they are all adopted!

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Amateur soccer team based in Johnson City, TN and fielding teams in USL League Two and the USL Academy! More info can be found on!