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Published On: April 7th, 2019


Grafton, WI – As the Lakeshore Chinooks look ahead to their eighth season this summer, the team is offering opportunities for local families to join in the fun of summer collegiate baseball by 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.

Lakeshore’s Host Family Coordinator, Steve Bazelon, meets 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 players 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 streaming service so they can follow their players on the road. And you never know, families may just be getting to know a future MLB player as the team has 6 former alumni in the MLB.

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

The Lakeshore Chinooks are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 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, over 200 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR).  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.