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Kelowna Falcons searching for families to host its players

05/02/2015 12:48 EDT | Updated 05/01/2016 05:12 EDT
The Kelowna Falcons are getting set for the start of the baseball season, but before the first pitch is thrown, the team needs to find billet families to host its players.

The Falcons play in the West Coast League which features the best college players in North America. 

"From B.C. all the way down to California. Then we go out to Louisiana, Texas, Kansas, Utah, New Mexico," said Mark Nonis, Kelowna Falcons general manager.

"Any state, any province you can name ... where there's a good ball player, we'll go."

Nonis says  all of these out-of-town players need families in Kelowna, B.C. to live with during the summer.

"They got to provide a bedroom, a place to do laundry and a warm welcome family," said Nonis.

"We provide them seasons tickets for the entire family to come down to the ballpark. We also give them a grocery allowance and an experience that you will never forget."

Over the years, seven players from the Kelowna Falcons — including Jason Bay, James Paxton and Nyjer Morgan — have played for major league teams.  

Nonis says it's an opportunity to help a young player advance their career, adding that the team has a 90 per cent renewal rate of billet families.  

"The only time that I lose a billet is when they move on to another city or change houses and there's just not room."

The home opener is on June 9 at Elks Stadium and admission is free.

To hear the full interview with Mark Nonis, listen to the audio labelled Kelowna Falcons need billet families

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