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Summer host families needed for Danbury Westerners college athletes

Danbury Westerners players come from all across the United States, and there are 28 college athletes on the roster.  As of Friday afternoon, 6 players still need a host family while they are in Danbury for June and July.  The players have their own transportation, they just need a roof over their head and friendly faces to come home to.  The players need a bed to sleep in, access to a kitchen and meals, and a shower.  Host families must live within a 25 mile radius of Danbury. 


The summer season is played at Rogers Park.


Other host families this year are in Danbury, New Milford , Redding, Ridgefield, South Salem New York and Mahopac.


Host Family coordinator Shelley Pitser says besides building a lasting relationship, there are other benefits to being a host family.  That includes a host family season pass for all of the games, 10 percent off Westerners merchandise and 1 week free of the kids camp that the Westerners run.


Pitser says they are structured, diligent kids who have had to work hard to get where they are.  The students must keep their academics up while honing their baseball skills.


Pitser still keeps in contact with the collegiate athlete her family hosted 6 years ago, and this spring he made the major league roster for the Oakland As.  She says they are very proud and excited for his accomplishment.


Those interested in hosting a college athlete for the summer can contact Pitser via email,, or by calling 203-788-3898.

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Jill Schlesinger

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