Rockford RiverHawks seek host families for players

Staff Report

LOVES PARK, Ill. — The Rockford RiverHawks are seeking families interested in housing a player for the 2012 season.

This unique experience will allow a family to get to know a player beyond the field and allow them the insight of the player’s everyday life.

My family and I became the first host family for the RiverHawks,” said Sally Hoesel. “We started out hosting to give our then 9-year-old son a different experience, and it’s now something we look forward to every summer.”

Players may be assigned housing as early as the first week of May. Pending the length of the postseason, players may be in homes as late as mid-September.

Host families can enjoy many benefits in exchange for providing room and board: up to four season tickets (depending on household size), a VIP parking pass, a discount card for purchases in the team store, and monthly picnics with the whole team, all exclusive to host families.

Many host families have developed relationships with players that have lasted long beyond the players’ days in Rockford.

We have been blessed with players who have gone on to play in the major leagues, including Jon Garland, Kyle Lohse and Adam Dunn,” Hoesel said. “Regardless of who you host, it is a great feeling to sit in the stands while your player is on the field. You will forever be a part of that person’s life.”

Families unable to host a player for a whole season can host for just spring training May 1-17. For that, families can receive up to four 10-game mini plans.

Families interested in the program should contact Hoesel at (815) 871-5245 or at

The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, an independent professional baseball league that will play its 20th season in 2012. Advertising and season ticket information is available by calling (815) 885-2255. Fans can also visit

From the Jan. 11-17, 2012, issue