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Oilers seek host families

Posted: March 28, 2013 - 9:06pm

If you love baseball and the idea of sharing your home with a college baseball player, this is an opportunity for you! This is an opportunity to contribute to your community as well as make an impact in a young man’s life.

The Peninsula Oilers are currently searching for host families for the 2013 season. The players are recruited from all over the United States to spend the summer here in Alaska.

A vital part of a successful season is to have host families provide housing for the players, giving them support and a family atmosphere for the summer. We work extremely hard, and take pride in providing our players with a safe, comfortable family environment. These young men will have a positive influence in our community and in your home. Many past host families have developed friendships with the players they have welcomed into their homes and have enjoyed watching their player progress in their lives on and off the field. This is a great opportunity to receive an inside look at the trials and tribulations of an aspiring professional baseball player. The baseball season begins in the week of June and ends the last week of July.

As a host Family, here is what we ask of you:

• Provide a player with his own bed for the season.

• Provide access to a washer and dryer, if possible.

• Provide access to a bathroom.

• Provide access to a kitchen.

• Provide a safe and comfortable environment.

• Cheer for him at the games whenever possible.

You can expect your player to be a conscientious young man who will be a positive role model in your home and the community. He is expected to follow the rules in your house, contribute to your family’s routines, and share his gratitude for your generosity. It is not unusual for a player to become a mentor to your young ballplayer and aspiring college student, sharing skills and building a friendship that could last a lifetime.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a host family for the 2013 season and being part of our Oilers family, or talk to some of our participants, please contact us using the information provided below. We will contact you shortly to discuss our host family program and answer any questions you may have. Peninsula Oilers baseball could not exist without the support and assistance of the community — especially the generous families and individuals who have opened their homes and hearts to these young players.

We’re looking forward to hearing from you and creating some lifelong memories!

To contact the Peninsula Oilers office, call 283-7133 or email at gm@oilersbaseball.com. Housing coordinator Kathy Gensel can be contacted at 262-9263.

Oilers Corner is provided by James Clark, the general manager of the Alaska Baseball League club.

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