Sunday, February 21, 2016

Wellsville: Nitros in need of host families

The Spring-like weather on February 20 allowed people to spend some time outdoors. For some, there was even a momentary smell of baseball in the air. Again this year, the Wellsville Nitros baseball team will be looking for host families. Entering its 18th year in the area, the organization proudly points out that 37 former Nitro players have advanced and signed Major League Baseball contracts since 1998. Even though the season’s first game is months away, the Nitros organization has been busy establishing homes for the players when they arrive in the Wellsville area. Shelley Butler is the Housing Coordinator for the Nitros and is reaching out to the community for continued support. Butler said host families are needed and she provided Regional News Network with the following information:
Players should arrive no later than noon on Tuesday, May 24th.  They should arrive at a time that is convenient for you and they will stay until the end of the season (late July, early August).
As a refresher for veteran host families and informational for new families:
1.       Players provide their own personal needs, snacks, extra drinks (i.e. Gatorade, soda, etc.).
2.       Players provide their own transportation.
3.       Players are to abide by your household rules, just communicate with them.
4.       Yes, players can help around the house.  Feel free to give them chores.
5.       You do NOT need to cook for them, just have food available for them to eat for meals.  If you want to cook, that is great but not necessary.
6.       Players need their own bed.
7.       If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Shelley at 585-808-8137 or Steve at 585-596-9523.
8.       You will receive passes to the ballgames and free admission to baseball camp for any child in your household of correct age.
9.       Your player stipend of $300 per player will be paid as ½ at beginning of season and balance about half way through the season.
10.   You are invited to the “Meet the Nitros Banquet”, time and place to be determined.
You may be opening your home up to a future MLB cool is that!!

The Nitros organization believes in giving back to the community. Every year the Nitro players and coaching staff conduct reading programs in various elementary schools around the county. In addition, the team conducts several free baseball clinics for area boys and girls.
The Nitros play as a member of the New York Collegiate Baseball League.