Rafters now accepting applications for host family program

 For CWS

March 11, 2019

Wisconsin Rapids—  Have a spare bedroom for a future big leaguer? Want to help a young athlete reach their dream? Every year, roughly 45 elite college baseball players come to Wisconsin Rapids from all around the country, to better their baseball skills and showcase their talent in the Northwoods League. What most people don’t know is there’s a way to get more involved with the organization and the players than just attending the games. The Rafters have a Host Family Program where members of the Greater Wisconsin Rapids community step up and host players for the season.

Not only does hosting a player connect you with Rafters Baseball, but it provides you with an opportunity to connect with young, aspiring athletes from around the United States. Hosting players allows families to develop fun and strong connections with the Rafters and Northwoods organization. Over the last nine years there have been 65 former Rafters play professional baseball, 36 of which are currently still playing.

Hosting a player allows you to establish new connections with the athletes, their family, and potentially their future. Previous and current host families continue to keep in contact with the players they have hosted, including making cross country visits. Hosting a player can widen your perspective, allow you to meet new people from around the country, and show support to aspiring baseball players, while having a summer full of fun and baseball.

Additional benefits of hosting a Rafters player includes:

-Each member of your immediate family will receive FREE Bleacher Season Tickets with the ability to upgrade at a discounted rate.
-Your family will receive a Merchandise Discount at the Rafters Team Shop.
-Your family will receive a FREE Pass allowing entrance into all Northwoods League ballparks to watch the team on the road.
-The player will be a Positive Role Model for your children.
-You will have the opportunity to make a Positive Impact on the future of a young man.
-You may be getting to know a Future Major League Baseball Star.
-You have the potential for the creation of a Long-Term Friendship.
-Your family will receive a complimentary Daily Wave program insert each home game.
-Your family will attend Special Host Family Events throughout the year, including a Ho-Chunk Gaming Nekoosa Rat Trap Deck Party at one game during the summer.
-Being more involved with the Community.
-Being a part of the Rafters Family and the benefits that come with this.

For more information please visit our website at raftersbaseball.com or by emailing Host Family Coordinator Brandon Abbott at [email protected].

Want to attend a Rafters game next season? Rafters 9-Game Ticket Packages are on sale now! For more information on all Rafters ticket offerings visit Raftersbaseball.com, call the Rafthouse at 715-424-5400, or come visit us over at historic Witter Field. The Rafthouse is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday at Witter Field, 521 Lincoln Street in Wisconsin Rapids. Single game tickets go on sale Friday, April 19.

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