BlueClaws seek host families for players

The Lakewood BlueClaws are again looking for local families to assist in housing players during the 2011 baseball season.

Anyone can help provide lodging for this year’s BlueClaws by either providing space or renting a room/apartment. In past years, the BlueClaws have received many inquiries from the community about hosting a BlueClaws player; however, usually a pool of nearly 30 homes is needed to house the team, according to a press release.

Dorothy Banner of Brick Township has been a host family for BlueClaws players since 2008 and looks forward to meeting the new player she will host each season.

“It’s definitely a home run,” she said. “It’s a great experience, and it’s better for anyone with children. The guys we have had have been complete gentlemen with our family and friends. I can’t say more about the program.”

The BlueClaws are always looking to add to their list of families, especially homes in which Spanish is spoken, because of the number of Latin American players in the organization.

The 2011 regular season runs from April 7 until Sept. 5 and players typically range from 18 to 24 years of age. For more information about the hosting program, contact Jaimie Smith at 732-901-7000, ext. 100, or email jsmith@blueclaws.com.