Osprey Still Looking for a Few Host Families for 2019 Players
MISSOULA, MONT. - The Missoula Osprey have expanded their "Adopt-an-Osprey" host family program and are continuing to look for families who are interested in potentially housing a player(s) for the upcoming 2019 season that begins this week. Although some players have been matched with hosts, there is still a need for a few more families. This is a great opportunity to become a part of the life and progression of a future Major Leaguer.
The "Adopt-an-Osprey" program provides Osprey players and area families an opportunity to participate in a program that will enrich each person's lives and experiences. Host families provide a safe environment for the Osprey player to live during the season. In return, Osprey players pay modest rent and provide their own transportation to and from the stadium. The goal is to provide housing opportunities for the entire team when they arrive in mid-June.
"This program is designed to be a win-win for our players and community. Our past host family relationships have help create lifelong friendships with our former Osprey players and the families they stayed with. We have had such success with the host family relationships we have had in the past that we are looking to expand the program to include the entire team," explained Osprey Vice President Matt Ellis. "Our Diamondbacks affiliation provides us players with high character who are so much more than just baseball players. It is important to us to see them impact and integrate with our community in a positive way. Our host family program is one of the many ways that helps provide that opportunity. We look forward to expanding our program for our players and fans to help foster these great moments and lifelong friendships."
As one of the most important aspects of the players' off-the-field development, host families provide members of the Osprey team with a comfortable home, away from home. Often, players representing the Osprey come from various parts of the United States - including many international athletes where English may be a secondary language. Interested families are simply asked to provide sufficient and safe living arrangements, with secondary details such as food, laundry usage, and wireless internet access to be mutually agreed upon by the player(s) and their family. Players are responsible for their own transportation to and from the ballpark (unless otherwise agreed upon) and are asked to obey the rules set forth by their household.
Families that live within the Missoula area and within a reasonable commute to Ogren Park Allegiance Field are preferred. Interested families are encouraged to contact the Missoula Osprey at (406) 543-3300 with any questions - and can apply to the Adopt-an-Osprey program via www.missoulaosprey.com or by emailing [email protected]
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