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May 26, 2011


This summer approximately 25 aspiring young ballplayers will move into your community as they compete at Doubleday Field in their continued quest to play professional baseball.

The Cooperstown Hawkeyes are looking for families to open their homes to Hawkeyes players for the 2011 season. A host family welcomes a player into their home for the duration of the regular season and possibly the playoffs (early June-early August

A host family is an active part of a young man’s road to achieving his dream of playing professional baseball. Through this unique experience, families of all shapes and sizes will experience the rare opportunity of witnessing the daily rewards, and struggles of competing away from home.

Recently, Ron Darling, the former New York Mets star pitcher and current MLB analyst said, “I am one of those people who played in an amateur league. There is no way you can appreciate the major leagues unless you played in one of those leagues. But playing summers and having you guys supporting these players… You really do an amazing job for these players.”

So if you are interested in having an impact on a young man’s life and building a relationship that may last a lifetime, this is a great opportunity. A stipend is available to host families. The Hawkeyes offer many rewards for those special people willing to undertake this adventure by welcoming our players and giving them a sense of belonging during their stay in Cooperstown. Please contact Shirley Tyler, Assistant General Manager at (607) 267-2115 or e-mail styler for additional information and details.

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