By Gary Fauber
Assistant Sports Editor
Opening day for the West Virginia Miners is 42 days away, and fans will, as always, have the chance to see some of the nation’s top college baseball players.
Those players will need a place to call home for three months, which is where fans have an even bigger opportunity.
The Miners are still in need of host families to provide some of the 28 players a comfortable family environment while spending the summer away from home.
“It is a great experience,” said Cathy Adkins, the Miners’ host family coordinator. “We have developed friendships that will last forever.”
Adkins and her family served as hosts for one of the original Miners and one of the most popular, outfielder Joe Koch, in 2010. Last year they took in relief pitcher Hunter Brothers.
So she knows how positive it can be, particularly for young children who can be positively impacted by a new role model.
“It is an absolutely wonderful experience for any families who have kids,” Adkins said. “Especially if you have kids who play Little League. The players get involved with the kids and even work with them in their spare time.”
Serving as a host family comes with several perks. Every member of the household will receive free season tickets, as well as a 10 percent discount on Miners merchandise and early admission to every game to watch players warm up.
Adkins said they hope to have host families lined up by the second week of May.
Anyone interested in hosting a Miners player can call Adkins at 304-573-3059, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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