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Is being a Host Family for you?


Have you ever wondered "why anyone would want to house a perfect stranger here to play baseball for a couple of months"?

Here's a small sample of the answer to that question.  We have a great group of host families and without them we would not be able to have the team.  You are encouraged to visit with any of them before you make up your mind.  Please consider this for your family and let us know if you would like more information.

It's Hard to Let Go!

Just ask Deb and Mitch Collins, host parents for the past few years.  Each year you just think about the year before and how attached you get and wish they might come back for another season but as soon as the new group comes you add another son or two or three to your list of many.  Contact continues through the years and your family just gets bigger.

Looks Like a Great Time!
Wait Til You Know the Whole Story!

This was great fun and true dedication by these courageous host families.  I know because I was there too!  Our game was scheduled for midnight but due to rain delays we did not get to start until about 4 am.  That's right 4 in the morning and as you can see the team had a great cheering section.  We actually won the game at about 6:45 a.m. and I remember driving into the parking lot about 7:45 a.m. just in time to go to work.  The Wichita Eagle reported couldn't believe none of us had a son playing and the group was quick to correct her.  We do indeed have sons playing!!

Just Ask Jeana!

Another great example is pictured here with Jeana Short.  Dale and Jeana had two players in the NBC tournament this year and one of their son's from a previous season caught up with them at the World Series this year. What a great feeling to have these players keep in touch.

Jeana & Dale with more baseball sons!

4 years ago one of our pastors got an email from a grandma looking for a host home for her college grandson who was coming to El Dorado to play summer baseball for the Broncos. This started our connection with a number of special young men. This weekend we took a belated Valentines trip to Phoenix for the Big 12/PAC 10 baseball tournament in Surprise, Arizona. We watched 2 K-State games where last year's summer son, Clayton Dalrymple, had awesome games in center field and at bat. The games were in the stadium where the Royals have spring training games. And, to top that off, our two summer sons from the previous year that play at Central Michigan University were playing in the Phoenix area as well. We were able to have an impromptu lunch with Morgan Oliver and Zach Fields and Shelley Rich Oliver and Danny. What a small world it really is! And thanks to Facebook we figured out we were in the same location at the same time. We love getting acquainted with these special young men and love meeting their biological parents. Our baseball family keeps growing!

Thank You to Our 2017 Host Families

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