Aviators in search of host families for 2014 season

By Doug Halberstadt
Sports Columnist

The 2014 Major League Baseball season began this week. The Rockford Aviators have to wait until Friday, May 16, before their first pitch of the season. Between now and then, the team is looking for host families to house players for the upcoming season.

Players would move in as early as the last week of April or the first week of May, and depending on the length of the post-season, could stay until the middle of September.

The Aviators provide host families with many benefits in exchange for providing room and board for the players. Depending on the size of the household, families can get up to four season tickets, a VIP parking pass, a discount card for purchases in the team store, one giveaway item per household on each giveaway night, and monthly picnics with the entire team, all exclusive to host families.

Aviators Host Family Coordinator Sally Hoesel and her family were the very first host family for the Aviators. They have been hosting since 1998. “We have helped support many players’ dreams of making it to the major leagues, including Adam Dunn and Kyle Lohse,” she said. “It is great to have a role with the team, and we have made a lot of friends and developed relationships that will last a lifetime.”

If you might be a bit hesitant to make a commitment for the entire season, the Aviators also have a program where host families can give it a test run during Spring Training. It’s a two- or three-week trial that goes from the end of April until the season starts in middle of May.

If you have an unused bedroom in the house and you’d like to become involved with the Aviators and possibly a future Major League baseball player, contact Hoesel at (815) 871-5245 for more information and complete details.

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.

From the April 2-8, 2014 issue

From the April 2-8, 2014 issue

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