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Hosts needed for Babe Ruth players

By Staff
OUT-OF-TOWN GUESTS n Babe Ruth host families chairman Kristy Bullock, left, and co-chairman, Marsha Hannah, far right, tell two local host families, from left, Lorraine Havron, Lisa Wamble and Ray Havron, what to expect next week as they open their homes to 14-year-old Babe Ruth baseball players competing in a regional tournament in Meridian. The players will arrive next Thursday and begin competing on Friday. Photo by Paula Merritt/ The Meridian Star
By Fredie Carmichael / staff writer
July 25, 2002
When hundreds of out-of-state teen-age baseball players arrive in Meridian next week to compete in the 14-year-old Babe Ruth regional tournament, more than just a shot at the world series will be on the line.
Organizers say lasting memories will be made and friendships forged while the players stay in Meridian homes with host families.
Host families
For years Meridian families have opened their homes to girls competing in the statewide Junior Miss program held in Meridian. This year will mark the first time local families will be able to share their homes with out-of-town baseball players.
The Babe Ruth League began the Host Family Program back in 1961 to make tournaments more memorable for the players and the community.
Once the players reach the age of 12, they are required by the Babe Ruth League to stay with host families during regional play and at the world series competition. And next Thursday, more than 100 Babe Ruth players from Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas will arrive in Meridian to compete in the regional tournament. Some still need a host family.
Bullock said about 40 families have committed to letting players stay with them. But, she said, she still needs 10 or 15 more.
Player's experience
One Meridian player who has stayed with four host families during competition over the past two years said he will never forget his experiences.
Griffin said he's stayed with families in Louisiana, Illinois, Texas and North Carolina while his teams competed in regional and world series games.
Anyone interested in hosting a player during this year's regional tournament in Meridian can call Kristy Bullock at 483-1246.
GET INVOLVED:
The 14-year-old Babe Ruth regional tournament begins Aug. 2 in Meridian. Ten to 15 families are still needed to host out-of-town players. If you are interested in opening your home and making some memories, call Kristy Bullock at 483-1246.

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