YAKIMA, Wash. — The Yakima Valley Pippins are seeking host families for their players for the upcoming season.
The West Coast League team needs housing for 25 to 30 players who will come to Yakima for the season that starts June 6, and are accepting applications for prospective hosts.
“Host families are a vital part to integrating these young men into our community,” said Noel Zanchelli, the Pippins’ director of operations. “Having a safe home, a second family, to share this experience with is important to their success and will extend another opportunity to share the quality of life tha is found in the Valley.”
Host families provide room and board for players without financial compensation.
Players must have access to a room not shared with other family members — they can share rooms, but not beds, with teammates. They must also have access to a bathroom, food and other amenities common in a family setting.
Host families are not required to provide access to a car, although they can if they choose, and are encouraged to invite players to engage as if they were part of the family.
While the families will not be compensated financially, they will be given season tickets for each member of the household, a free parking pass to all Pippins home games, an in-season party and 15 percent off team merchandise during the season.
“I have been telling our players what a great and inviting community we have here in Yakima, and they are incredibly excited about that,” Pippins manager Marcus McKimmy said. “Our host families will be ambassadors of not only the team but of our community, and I am grateful for those who volunteer their time and their homes.”
Those interested in being a hosting players should email Zanchelli at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The WCL is a 12-team summer wood-bat league for college players. Players will come from throughout the country.