The Bellingham Bells are currently accepting applications for host families for the 2014 season.
During summer 2014, 35 collegiate baseball players will call Bellingham home as they compete for the Bells. The 2014 Bells roster spans the entire nation and includes players from the University of Maine, Arizona State University, University of Washington, UCLA and many others.
Host families are extremely vital to the Bells’ success, and play a huge role in the overall experience that the player has while they are in Bellingham. Every year, players integrate into the Bellingham community and connect with their host families in a way that becomes a large part of their summer experience, often creating memories and relationships that last a lifetime.
“Our host families are some of the best in the Pacific Northwest,” said Bells general manager Nick Caples. “The way our players are welcomed in each and every year contributes to the great experience they have in Bellingham. Relationships don’t just last for the summer, but rather a lifetime. Families stay in touch with ballplayers long after they take the next step in their professional career.”
Players will begin to arrive as early as June 1st, and will continue to trickle in depending on the completion of their academic calendar. The players will stay through the summer season, which concludes in mid-August. During the three-month season, the players will spend approximately half of their time on the road.
Basic requirements for host families include providing a clean, non-smoking, safe and pleasant environment for the player and providing them with meals when they are in town. We also ask that players have a private room or sleeping area, as well as access to a bathroom, kitchen and laundry area.
All host families will receive complimentary tickets to all home games for each member of the family living at home, as well as a 50% discount on registration for the Bells’ Coaches Camp for each (age appropriate) child living at home. Host families will also receive special Bells merchandise, a 20% discount on all Bells team merchandise throughout the season, an invitation to a host family celebration, and a special night at the ballpark on July 30 where the team and the community will honor host families.
For more information about how you can be involved in our host family program, please contact Bells general manager Nick Caples at (360) 746-0406 or [email protected]