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Published On: February 15th, 2017


Chris Cotton and his Chinook Host Mom, Linda Walter

Chris Cotton and his Chinooks Host Mom, Linda Walter

Grafton, WI – As the Lakeshore Chinooks begin their sixth season of play this summer, the team is offering opportunities for local families to join in the fun of summer collegiate baseball by adopting and hosting players from throughout the nation. Nearly 50 players will take their turn on the Chinook’s roster from late May to mid-August and many will need a place to call home.

Host families are an important part of the Chinooks’ success as families provide a room for the player, breakfast and lunch when the team is in town, and sometimes transportation to and from the ballpark. Families become part of the franchise by providing personal support for young men, many of whom are spending their first summer away from home.

“We are so thankful for the incredible host families who have helped provide one of the best summer experiences for college players,” says Chinooks Field Manager Eddy Morgan. “There’s no doubt that our families make a difference!”  Lakeshore’s Host Family Coordinators, Mark and Nancy Koehler meet individually with each prospective family to explain the program and to help determine a good match with the players. Families are needed for the entire summer, but also for limited contract layers who stay for a shorter portion of the summer.

The Host Family Program benefits the families as well as the players, as players become more than just a guest; they become a part of the family. In addition, families receive complimentary tickets for the immediate family to all home games, special outings at Kapco Park, merchandise discounts and guaranteed giveaway items, along with a free subscription for Northwoods League webcasts so they can follow their players on the road. And you never know; families may just be getting to know a future pro! 


Marshall Kasowski with his host parents, John & Linda Taylor

Marshall Kasowski with his host parents, John & Linda Taylor

For more information and to apply, please click here or contact the Chinooks’ office at 262-618-4659.  Read more about the Chinooks' experience:

Journal Sentinel article about Craig Counsell and the Chinooks Host Family Program

Host Family Stories:  The Koehlers

Host Family Stories:  The Lorenzes

Host Family Stories:  The Huberts

Host Family Stories:  The Kruegers

Host Family Stories:  The Dries Family

Host Family Stories:  Kristi Knitter


Become a vital part of the Lakeshore Chinooks and get involved for the 2017 summer season!


The Lakeshore Chinooks are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 23-year-old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 160 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champion Ben Zobrist (CHC) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM) and Lucas Duda (NYM).  All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Chinooks as your favorite team.