Every year the Owlz seek the assistance of the community to house the players during the season. Many of these players are 18 or 19 years old and are living away from home for the first time. Having a host family helps ease the difficulty of this transition and allows them to focus more on improving their playing abilities.
Being a host family also creates a special bond between the player and family and you get to be a part of their journey to the big leagues. Current host family, Roger Woolstenhulme, had this to say about being a host family: "We have hosted players in our home since 2003. We have greatly enjoyed every player that has lived with us. Four of our players have made it to the MLB and we have enjoyed traveling to MLB ballparks to see them play at the highest level."
There were 20 former Owlz players on MLB opening day rosters this year. That special moment is not only experienced by the player but by the host families that helped them along the way.
Being a host families also comes with its perks. Families are compensated by way of season tickets, exclusive dinners with the team and discounts at the team store.
To get more information about how you can host players this season contact Rick Miller at 801-787-7790.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.