John, Kelly, Maria, & Nadia Dries
Hometown: Belgium, WI
Players Hosted: NICK BROWN (Missouri State)
Favorite MLB Team: Milwaukee Brewers!
Always Have in the Fridge for Players: Vitamin Water, Gatorade, Granola Bars, and leftovers off the grill
Favorite Restaurant to Take Players: Port Washington: Pasta Shoppe Grafton: Fire Ridge. Nick loved a home cooked meal!
Must-See Attraction/Site to Show Players: Summer Fest, Miller Park, Harrington Beach State Park, Golf Courses (Fire Ridge, Hawthorne Hills, Kohler- Whistling Straits), Kopps’ Custard, and the Lake Michigan light house in Port Washington.
#1 House Rule for Players: Be respectful. No alcohol. Let us know if you are not coming home after the game.
Family Activity to Share: Girls softball games, golfing, family reunions, and chatting about the Chinooks game in our kitchen
Favorite Chinooks Promotion or Contest: Videotaped interviews with Chinooks players. We loved the "who is your favorite princess" and "hard to pronounce cities in WI" (Oconomowoc).
About their experience:
“We had a blast watching Nick pitch and see the camaraderie between him and his teammates. They squirreled around and had a lot of fun! During the season, we began to get to know the other players as well especially because we had the opportunity to sit with other host families. We felt like we were a part of the game each time we stepped into the Chinooks stands.”
“We had an opportunity to meet Nick’s parents, Mary and Greg Brown! What a nice family! They have raised such a respectful young man!”
“Nick was not only an amazing ball player, but an excellent role model for our two girls (age 13 and 14). He took three summer online college courses while playing for the Chinooks and completed several hours of community service to maintain his school scholarship. He was diligent in his studies and was committed to his team. He treated our girls like sisters: he took them out for ice-cream on his days off, gave them softball tips (bunting, pitching), and talked to them about “lessons learned” in high school. He was so respectful and grateful for the experience. It was very hard to see him leave at the end of the season. Yes, we got pretty choked up! The good news is…we have stayed in touch and look forward to seeing him continue to grow as a baseball player and a fine young man. “
“We just received a Christmas card from Nick’s parents (Mary and Greg)! They wrote beautiful paragraph about Nick’s experience as a Chinook and mentioned our family. The girls screamed, “Yah, we made the Christmas card…we are family!”