WALLA WALLA - The 2012 season of West Coast League baseball is approaching, and the Walla Walla Sweets are preparing to welcome players from around the country.
Once again, the Sweets are welcoming host families who are looking for an opportunity to experience having Sweets players be a part of their household. Players will live with local families during the summer to help offset their living expenses. NCAA regulations prohibit the team from paying players, making host families one of the most important pieces of community involvement with the Sweets.
"The support from the community over the last two years has made our host family program very successful - among the best, if not the best, in the country," said Sweet's general manager Zachary Fraser. "Our players look forward to living with families, and it's a great way to integrate them into the community. They become part of the families they live with, and this community has shown why Walla Walla is the friendliest town in America."
Host family coordinators Rosanna Morgan and Debbie Dumont and their families have hosted players the past two seasons.
"Sweets baseball has just become the norm in our house," said Morgan. "Hosting the past two years has been such a fun and enriching experience for the whole family. It's created long-lasting relationships we never expected."
Host families will be invited to a private host family and player barbeque at the beginning of the season, and will also be recognized on-field for their contribution to the Sweets organization and the players.
In addition, each member of the host family immediate household will receive a general admission season ticket, as well as 20 percent off all merchandise and apparel in the Sweets Shoppe during the season.
Community members are invited to attend the host family information meeting to learn more about becoming a host family, including host family expectations and the additional benefits that come with being a host family, at 7 p.m. March 8.
Members of the Sweets front office and host family coordinators for the 2012 season will answer questions. Details of the location of the meeting are being finalized.
To sign up as a host family for the 2012 season of Walla Walla Sweets baseball, or to RSVP for the event, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 509-522-BALL.