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Ripken Experience seeking host families for Australian baseball players

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The Ripken Experience is seeking Myrtle Beach families to host baseball players from Australia during a week-long international competition at the baseball complex in July.

Below is a news release from The Ripken Experience, with details on how your family can sign up to host a member of The Victorian Kookaburras:

World Class Baseball Facility seeking “Myrtle Beach Ambassadors” as host families for international youth players

Myrtle Beach, S.C. – The Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach today announced that it will play host to The Victorian Kookaburras baseball team from Melbourne, Australia. The 16U team will travel to Myrtle Beach to participate in the annual Ocean Breeze summer tournament from July 12-17, 2015. The Kookaburras are the 4th team to travel to the United States to participate in a week-long tournament at The Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach.

“Australian teams have participated in our tournaments for the past four summer seasons,” said Bobby Holland, General Manager of The Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach. “This serves as a great opportunity for the domestic teams present that week to face international competition. The Australian teams typically display unprecedented sportsmanship during the tournament, as The Kookaburras are the epitome of what travel baseball and good sportsmanship is all about.”

The Victorian Kookaburras touring team, which includes players from the city of Melbourne and the regional town of Mildura, will travel over 30 hours from the State of Victoria in Australia to reach Myrtle Beach. The tour is focused around baseball participation, friendship and cultural exploration for the players and families traveling with the team. The Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach is also seeking assistance from the local community, as it is currently searching for “host families” to help accommodate the players and serve as “ambassadors” for Myrtle Beach during their trip.

“Our team is excited for the opportunity to play baseball in the United States of America, as we have been training for several months,” said Team Executive Officer for the Victorian Kookaburras Myles Foreman. “The players are particularly looking forward to staying with host families and the opportunity to experience American culture. This aspect of the tour is always a highlight for the players and we are very grateful to the families who share their homes.”

For more information on becoming a host family or ambassador for the Victorian Kookaburras, please contact General Manager of The Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach Bobby Holland at (843) 213-2705 or bholland@ripkenbaseball.com.

About Victorian Kookaburras Baseball Tours

The Victorian Kookaburras tour is being conducted by Victorian Kookaburras Baseball Tours Inc., a not-for-profit organization which provides the opportunity for Victorian baseball players to participate in a touring team to the USA. For more information on the Victorian Kookaburras, visit www.victoriankookaburrasbaseball.com.au

About The Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach

The Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach is a world-class amateur baseball complex located in South Carolina. Featuring four regulation-sized diamonds and five youth fields, they are designed to mimic historic major league ballparks such as Ebbets Field and Shibe Park. The facility hosts amateur baseball and softball tournaments, camps, clinics, and a variety of other special events.

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