Host Family Program
The United Shore Professional Baseball League (USPBL) is currently looking for members of the community to sign up to host its professional athletes. Host families are a wonderful baseball tradition and are vital to the acclimation of young ballplayers into their new communities. The USPBL is looking to establish a program that will be first-class and provide our players with suitable homes and families during their time in the USPBL.
Information about the Host Family Program:
- Players will be determined by May 1, 2017.
- Players will range in age from 18-26.
- League policy is to pair 1 or 2 players per family. Never more than 2.
- Goal is to pair players without a vehicle with a host family that lives as close to Jimmy John’s Field in downtown Utica, Michigan (7171 Auburn Rd, Utica, MI 48317) as possible.
- Ideally Host Families will live within 15 minutes of Jimmy John’s Field. But it is not a requirement.
- Interested families will need to complete an application process prior to being awarded a player.
Information about the Host Family Program Benefits:
- 4 tickets per week for the team that your player plays for (i.e., you host a Beavers player you can get tickets for the Beavers games)
- End of the year party, where you will be honored on the field.
- 15% discount on merchandise.
- Group batting practice on the field.
- Having your child be the bat boy or bat girl if they are age appropriate.
USPBL players are paid professional athletes working towards their goal of playing baseball at the highest level.
“The role of the host family is vital in helping players have a ‘home away from home'”, said Brian Berryman, Executive Director of Baseball Operations, USPBL. “The host family will act as the player’s support system and be with them as they go through the grind of a professional baseball season.” Added Berryman, “The league is looking for great families to help these young men flourish during their time in the USPBL. Being a host family for our young men is a commitment from the USPBL and the community.”
“Having a host family during my first year in the USPBL is actually the only reason I was able to play this year. In my situation I could not financially afford any housing option outside a host family. And thank God, because I wouldn’t have been able to live out a dream.” -Ray Ortega of the Birmingham-Bloomfield Beavers on what it meant to have a host family.
“Living with a host family was a great experience. They included me in their family and made me feel welcome. They invited me to activities they were doing throughout the summer and were always at my games cheering me on.” –Jared Gaynor of the Eastside Diamond Hoppers on his experience with a host family.
Interested individuals are asked to contact Mike Zielinski, Deputy Director of Baseball Operations at firstname.lastname@example.org.