Newport Gulls seek host families for 2019 season

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Now just 38 Days from the 19th Opening Day in Newport Gulls History, the Newport Gulls are actively seeking a few more host families to join their Family for the 2019 Season.

In a press release, the Newport Gulls said the following on Sunday;

Host families are the foundation of the Newport Gulls Baseball Club, and the organization is searching for a few more families to join the Gulls Family for the upcoming 2019 season.

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Players arrive just prior to Opening Day on June 5 and depart after the Gulls finish up the season the first / second week of August. Newport Gulls players have 44 games (22-home & 22-away) throughout a 10-week regular season, conduct an elementary school reading program and middle school healthy & wellness program, instruct Gulls Youth Summer Camp, and administer many other community appearances- rendering their time at home limited. Post-game meals for all 44 games are provided by the Newport Gulls. Newport Gulls Host Families hail from throughout Aquidneck Island- NOT JUST NEWPORT. 

“Gulls host families have opened their homes to our players and coaches, who have come from all over the country for the summer in hopes of chasing their dreams of becoming Major League Baseball players,” said Newport Gulls General Manager Chuck Paiva. “We are so thankful to have such wonderful families that give our players and coaches the same care and attention that they give their own children. The relationships that are forged between our players and their hosts are memorable, and will last a lifetime.”

In addition to the rewards of forming a life-long relationship with a player, the Newport Gulls thank their host families with:

– Season Passes for the Entire Family

– Complimentary Registration to Gulls Youth Summer Camp

– Commemorative Host Family T-Shirts

– Invitations to Team Special Events During Season and Off-Season

– Host Family Appreciation Night and BBQ at Cardines Field on July 31

– Opportunity for Children to become Bat Boy / Girl and Sit in Dugout During Games

– Special “Gulls Family & Friend” Deals at Local Businesses

“Our host family program is the foundation that the team is built on,” said Paiva. “It all starts with our host families, and without them it would not be possible to operate the team. Year to year, we will lose host families for various reasons, and we get new families interested in the program, as well.”

“The foundational influence and support of our host families is a key reason for the Gulls being considered the premier summer collegiate baseball team in the country,” Paiva said. “My own family has been a Gulls host family for the last 18 years. My kids have grown up with the Gulls as part of their lives each summer. The positive experience and impact hosting these outstanding young gentlemen has had on my own family is immeasurable.”

If your family is interested in becoming a host family for the 2019 summer season, email General Manager Chuck Paiva at gm@newportgulls.com for more information or call 

401-849-4982.

The Gulls will host the Mystic Schooners on June 5 to open up the 2019 NECBL season, first pitch at 6:35 PM. This is the Newport Gulls 19th Season calling Historic Cardines Field home.

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The Newport Gulls, members of the 13-team New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL), are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded as the Rhode Island Gulls in 1998 in Cranston, R.I., before moving to Newport in 2001. In addition to recruiting, fielding, and developing a team of the nation’s top collegiate baseball athletes and attracting 50,000 fans annually to Cardines Field, the predominantly volunteer organization strives to benefit the community of Newport County via summer camps, reading programs, fundraisers, scholarships, and charitable donations – totaling over $1 million since 2001. The Gulls are six-time champions of the NECBL – the winningest franchise in league history – and were ranked as the overall No. 1 summer collegiate baseball team in the country by Perfect Game USA in 2012. 

For more information about the Newport Gulls, visit facebook.com/newportgulls, follow the Gulls on Twitter @NewportGulls or visit www.newportgulls.com.

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