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A home away from home

Last summer, Linda Haughney, hosted Dutchmen players, Kasceim Graham and Shane Stancill, and saw first-hand how valuable the experience could be. "We have seven grandchildren and they loved to attend the games, chase after foul balls and then hang out afterwards with 'the big guys,' as they called them." The players not only became mentors to her grandchildren, but became full-fledged members of the family. "We had real family participation with them," she explained. "They went with me to my company picnic and shared their experiences with everyone."

Many times, the relationships don't end as the summer draws to a close. Being a Host Family can provide a unique opportunity to build a relationship with a future Major League Baseball player, following their progress and attending their games through the minor leagues. "I keep in contact with our former players once a month," admits Mrs. Haughney. "They were great guys."

"It can really be a tremendous opportunity for families with young athletes," suggested Mr. Brinkman, "These are the best college baseball players in the country, and who better for a young player to learn from than a college player who knows what it takes to keep the dream of playing baseball alive?"

Yet, as the summer draws nearer, the Dutchmen are still looking for a few more willing Host Families. "In our first two years we were able to find some great host families," explained Mr. Brinkman. "The problem is that it always came down to the last instant. We just want to make sure these young men have a place to call home when they're away from their family and friends."

The Dutchmen ask for any interested Host Families to contact Host Family Coordinator, Denise Polsinelli, to find out more about how to become involved. She can be reached by phone at (518) 369-5093 or by email at dedeval14@hotmail.com. Information can also be found on the website at www.dutchmenbaseball.com or by following the team on Twitter @DutchmenPGCBL .""

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