Wilmington Sharks in need of host families for upcoming season

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As the Wilmington Sharks continue to piece the roster together heading into the season, which is 28 days away, the organization is calling on local families to serve as hosts to its players this summer.

“Without host families, the Wilmington Sharks could not exist,” said Wilmington Sharks General Manager Pat Hutchins. “It’s a rewarding experience that will leave you and your family with a lifetime of memories.
By becoming a host family, you will be playing a very important role in your player’s summer experience by providing them with a ‘home away from home.'”

The Wilmington Sharks are less than a month away from opening the season. Photo courtesy- Wilmington Sharks
The Wilmington Sharks are less than a month away from opening the season. Photo courtesy Wilmington Sharks.

During the season, players from across the country converge on Wilmington to play in the Coastal Plain League, and host families assist ballplayers on the team with living arrangements during their 56-game summer schedule. 

“During the player’s time in the Coastal Plain League, [he] will be immersed in a new environment, away from their family and friends,” said Hutchins. “This is a great opportunity for your family to help the development of these fine young men–as baseball players and as people.

“Honestly, you really won’t see them much,” he said. “They’ll get in late from games, sleep in and recharge, then leave mid-afternoon to head back to the ballpark to restart the cycle.”

The Sharks will provide dinner for players after each game, but they will need access to your pantry
and laundry machines and players will provide their own transportation, according to Hutchins.

Host families will receive tickets to all Sharks regular season home games for the 2015  season, as well as any home playoff games.

For more information, log onto www.wilmingtonsharks.com. Fill out the questionnaire and return it to Pat@wilmingtonsharks.com.